Japan’s experience of economic growth with environmental protection

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The European Union has set a clear goal, which is to become a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Part of the Green Agreement is the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, which should encourage the countries of this region to make the economy sustainable, as well as to take care of nature conservation and to harmonize with the EU’s environmental policy.

In order to join the European Union, Serbia needs to change a lot, and perhaps Chapter 27 is one of the most complex and challenging in the integration process. That is why it is necessary to raise awareness about environmental protection, but we should also listen to the experiences of others that can help achieve a sustainable and clean future.

Participants in the conference “Environmental Protection and Economic Growth: Experiences from Japan, the EU and Serbia”, organized by the Center for International and Security Affairs – ISAC Fund, with the support of the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade, discussed these important topics.

“One of the most difficult crises of our time is global warming caused by man. If we continue to behave as before, large parts of our planet will be uninhabitable as early as 2040. The good news is that it is up to us to reverse this trend, develop a carbon-free economy and thus save the ecosystems on which we depend. Serbia is at the beginning of this mission, but it has a great chance by accepting the Green Agenda for the Balkans. If implemented wisely, the Green Agenda could be an opportunity for Serbia to modernize its economy, create thousands of jobs and make progress in negotiations with the EU, “said Simon Ilse, a conference participant and director of the Heinrich Bell Foundation’s Belgrade office.

Environmental pollution and climate change are an existential threat to the world, which knows no borders and we can only deal with this problem together. In this regard, the trend of increasing economic growth must go hand in hand with environmental protection. Serbia is no exception and learning from the experiences and examples of good practices of developed countries in this area is of great importance, the common position of experts from Japan, the EU and Serbia.

Bearing in mind the challenges of high air and water pollution coming from different areas, such as old industries and thermal power plants, increased traffic, the need for further environmental regulation and lack of environmental awareness, the example of Japan as one of the world’s strongest economies is very relevant , especially when it comes to solving the problem of outdated technologies.

Serbia is facing many changes, EU standards must be respected, otherwise we will face obstacles in the negotiations.

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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