Japan to Seek G-20 Marine Plastic Waste Reduction Plans

Politics

Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is planning to ask its partners in the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies to compile respective action plans for reducing maritime plastic waste, informed sources have said.

At the G-20 summit it will chair in the western Japan city of Osaka in June, Japan will propose to create the first G-20 framework designed to prevent plastic waste, estimated at 8 million tons a year globally, from spreading to oceans, the sources said.

The Japanese government plans to release this week at the earliest its action plan for dealing with maritime plastic waste.

The plan is expected to clarify the goal of reducing the amount of disposable plastic consumption by 25 pct by 2030 and call for promoting recycling and encouraging technological innovations for wider use of plastic that can be degraded in ocean.

At the G-20 summit, Japan plans to highlight its efforts to reduce maritime plastic waste and encourage its G-20 partners to draw up similar action plans, the sources said.

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