EU, Japan seal ‘green alliance’ in bid for climate neutrality

(EurActiv, 28 May 2021) The European Union and Japan have reaffirmed their “shared ambition of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050” at the conclusion of a bilateral summit which included the signature of an EU-Japan “Green Alliance”.

After meeting by video conference at the 27th EU-Japan Summit on Thursday (27 May), the leaders committed to “join forces to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and build more resilient, inclusive, green and digital economies”.

“Today, the pandemic of COVID-19, the growing impacts of climate change and new security challenges in the Indo-Pacific and worldwide make our cooperation more necessary than ever,” reads a joint statement signed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Highlighting both sides’ substantial contributions to the COVAX global vaccine initiative, they welcomed the EU’s leading role as a supplier of vaccines around the world, including to Japan.

The leaders also committed to “facilitate trade between the two sides, intensify joint work on connectivity and development cooperation, and increase research, innovation and industrial cooperation”.

The green economy was identified as a major chapter for bilateral relations and trade, with the signature of a nine-page joint communiqué, “Towards a Green Alliance”, adopted at the conclusion of the summit.

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