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EU-Japan dialogues: Greening the economy through Covid-19 recovery policies


EU-Japan dialogues: Greening the economy through Covid-19 recovery policies


The European Green Deal is intended as a growth strategy that could drive economic modernisation in the EU, but also economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Japan, a new Green Growth Strategy may likewise be a conduit for economic recovery and a driver of new industrial policies.
The key question is how can we “build back better”, harnessing technological innovations and social behavioural changes with a focus on sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness.
On February 26, CEPS is hosting the first event in a series of two high-level dialogues between the EU and Japan on green transitions and circular industrial value chains.
During this “Greening the economy through Covid-19 recovery policies” webinar, CEPS will host a high-level dialogue between the Director of DG CLIMA at the European Commission and the Japanese ambassador to the EU, on “actual and practical economic recovery policies that can help with greening our economies”. In the second half of the meeting we continue the debate with Japanese and EU discussants.

Specific issues to be discussed include:

• Green recovery: defining “build back better” in Japan and the EU – what investments are “no regret”, what investments are to be avoided?
• A resilient global economy: how can it be fostered?
• A global hydrogen economy: who will produce and consume hydrogen?

This meeting will be also livestreamed on this page.

The second dialogue will be held on 12 March from 10:00 – 11:30 CET. More information to follow.

Christian Egenhofer Christian Egenhofer
Christian Egenhofer

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Speakers list
Christian Egenhofer (Moderator)

Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Energy and Climate programme, CEPS

Raffaele Mauro Petriccione

Director-General DG Clima, European Commission

Yasushi Masaki

Ambassador of Japan to the European Union

Prof. Yumiko Nakanishi

Hitotsubashi University

Michihiro Oi

Director for International Affairs, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Jorge Núñez-Ferrer

Senior Research Fellow & Head of the Recovery and Resilience Reflection Group programme in CEPS

Elena Bou

Innovation Director, & Member of the Executive Board, InnoEnergy