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News Brief: U.S. EPA and Japan’s Ministry of Environment Hold Workshop on Climate Change Efforts

Release Date: 05/13/2009
Contact Information: (News Media Only) Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827 / 4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOEJ) and Japan’s Institute for Global Environmental Strategies met May 11-12 to exchange information and expand collaboration on key climate change issues.

The two-day workshop brought together representatives from EPA, MOEJ, and the U.S. State Department, as well as a number of non-governmental organizations, to review and discuss important approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Topics included greenhouse gas inventories and emissions forecasts, greenhouse gas reporting systems, greenhouse gas trading, economic modeling, land use and land use change and forestry, and addressing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

The workshop also focused on identifying areas of future collaboration between EPA and MOEJ, with the two agencies agreeing to enhance collaboration on the Methane to Markets Partnership and on capacity building for greenhouse gas inventories.

More information on climate change:
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange.
More information on the Methane to Markets Partnership:
http://www.epa.gov/methanetomarkets.