【IGES】Publish the report “Plastic Atlas Asia – Facts and figures about the world of synthetic polymers [Japan Special Edition]”

A. Case Study Overview

1. Activity/ Project Title:
Publish the report “Plastic Atlas Asia - Facts and figures about the world of synthetic polymers [Japan Special Edition]”
2. Themes:
SDGs, Others: Plastic issues
3. Summary:  

“Plastic Atlas Asia – Facts and figures about the world of synthetic polymers [Japan Special Edition]” was published in May 2022 by IGES, the Heinrich Böll Foundation Hong Kong and Zero Waste Japan.

4. Sector:
Organization : Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
5. Implementation Period:

May 2022 ~

6. Project Site :
7. Stakeholders&Partners:
Heinrich Böll Foundation Hong Kong
Zero Waste Japan

B. Objective:

8. Objectives:
The Japan Special Edition aims at giving an overview of plastic pollution in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Japan, and sharing challenges and opportunities to addressing the issue.

C. Activities

9. /Activities:

In November 2019, the Heinrich Böll Foundation published “Plastic Atlas”, a report that highlighted the business models and social mechanisms behind the serious problem of plastic pollution, with concise and concrete descriptions as well as rich infographics. Together with IGES and the Break Free from Plastic (BFFP) alliance, the Heinrich Bell Foundation released the Asian edition in 2021 to focus on the challenges and solutions in a region with intense plastic use and pollution, also highlighting COVID-19’s impacts on plastic waste.

The Japan Special Edition consists of the Japanese translation of the Asian edition along with three new chapters that reveal the current status of plastic waste management in Japan, national government measures, business challenges and initiatives, and responses at the municipal level.

D. Challenges and solutions:

10. Challenges and solutions:

In terms of the international development of plastic waste management, Japan ranks second overall, after Germany, according to the Plastics Management Index (a survey that evaluates plastics management systems and measures to prevent environmental runoff of waste plastics) among the 25 countries surveyed.
However, while Japan scored high in the areas of the governance and management capacity, it scored relatively low in stakeholder involvement compared to the governance and management capacity. Plastics Atlas aims at contributing to raising the awareness and knowledge of stakeholders in Japan.

E. Outcomes and Impacts:

11. Outcomes&Impacts:

IGES, Heinrich Böll Foundation Hong Kong, and Zero Waste Japan organised the online launching event of the publication on 30 May 2022, designated as ‘Zero Waste Day’ in Japan, which is a combination of the Japanese words go (5), mi (3) (spelling out gomi, or waste in Japanese) and zero (0). The event was held as part of several activities on the day to promote awareness on and actions to tackle plastic waste.

In addition to the panellists from the three organizers, Kameoka City in Kyoto Prefecture, which was the first municipality in Japan to initiate a “zero plastic waste” initiative, was also invited to present and discuss the current status of the plastic problem and its activities. About 100 people from various fields, including businesses, government, municipalities, universities, and other research institutes, attended the event.

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