13th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum

Circular Economy for Climate Action

The 13th edition of the well-established platform for the exchange of experts from industry, research and politics in both countries on current key topics in environmental and climate protection addressed the topic “Circular Economy for Climate Action”.

About 120 participants followed the presentations and discussions in 5 sessions with 32 speakers from both countries.

On Jan 25, representatives of four ministries (BMWK, BMUV, METI, MoE) presented political strategies for the implementation of circular economy (CE), followed by a panel discussion  on the nexus of climate action and circular economy with experts from academia and industry. The technological sessions in the afternoon of day 1 focused specifically on critical minerals and CE approaches for energy transition technologies such as electrolyzers, windpower plants, PV panels, and EV batteries.

Session 4 on Jan 26 addressed the issue of plastic pollution and introduced innovations for recycling, re-use and alternative materials from Germany and Japan, highlighting the potential for circular design and carbon-neutral recycling. The final session 5 focused on digitalization and IT solutions as enablers for a circular economy, including insights into initiatives and projects connecting digitization, resource efficiency and circular economy in construction and agriculture.

The event was jointly hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MoE). It was implemented by ECOS and adelphi.

The full agenda of the 13th EEDF including information about the speakers is available on the event website: https://gj-eedf.org/ja. The presentation material will be uploaded soon.