G20 starts discussion on marine plastic waste

G20 began a four-day meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday on ways to reduce marine plastic waste.

The meeting offers the first opportunity for nations to report their efforts under an international framework on marine plastic pollution that G20 Environment Ministers agreed to establish during their meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, in June.

On Friday, G20 countries will produce a report on plastic waste management and disposal, as well as ways to reduce plastic use. They plan to release this report every year.

A workshop jointly organized by Japan, the United States and the European Union began on Tuesday morning to discuss ways to estimate the amount of plastic waste that has drained into the oceans.

In estimation methods, Japan, the United States, and Europe will play a leading role in the discussions. The results will be announced at a meeting in Saudi Arabia next year.

Source: Jiji Press

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