Event Reports
[15 November 2021]
G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2021
Place: Virtual
Date: 15 November 2021
Organised by: The Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy
At the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue organised by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy, the updated G20 RED Roadmap was officially adopted on 15 November 2021, which outlines a 3-year voluntary path to individually and/or jointly develop a set of concrete activities in specific areas set by the G20 RED such as circular fashion, cities, food waste reduction, sustainable finance, green public procurement.

The G20 members agreed to promote information sharing on national resource efficiency and circular economy targets, as well as on the indicators employed to monitor their achievement, in collaboration with international organisations such as UNEP IRP, OECD and UNIDO.
[19-20 October 2021]
Second G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2021
Place: Virtual
Date: 19-20 October 2021
Organised by: The Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy

Consistently with the Naples’ Communiqué, the G20 Countries call for action on sustainable and circular resource use and entrust the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (RED) to step up action by sharing information on relevant national indicators, targets and best practices in all these areas to strengthen policy development, and by further developing its portal. Therefore, the G20 continued its work on the update of the Roadmap adopted in Tokyo in 2019. Consistently with Naples’ Communiqué, the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (RED) Members met virtually on 19-20 October 2021 to step up actions on sustainable and circular resource use through a renewed three-year roadmap.


The first day of the Event was the occasion for several international organisations such as UNEP IRP, OECD, UNIDO and UNDP to present their views on future priorities on Resource Efficiency and for Japan to present the Third Report on Actions Against Marine Plastic Litter.


The second day of the Event was aimed at stimulating a discussion among G20 RED Members on the first draft of the revised Roadmap circulated by the Italian Presidency including on the themes and priority sectors of the Naples G20 Environmental Ministers Meeting, such as fashion, circular and sustainable cities, inclusion of youth, reference to partnerships and a three-year duration of the Roadmap (2021-2023) in order to give a timeframe to the actions that the various Members propose to undertake on a voluntary basis. Several G20 Members made new proposals and partnerships to actively contribute to the Roadmap objectives.

Outcome documents and further information:
[13 October 2021]
G20 Technical Experts Food Waste Meeting
Place: Virtual
Date: 13 October 2021
On Wednesday 13th October 2021, sixteen G20 countries and the European Commission participated in a meeting to discuss cooperation on food waste reduction among the G20.

UNEP convenes Regional Food Waste Working Groups in four regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean, and West Asia), providing capacity building and facilitating peer-to-peer learning on food waste measurement and reduction to 25 countries. A similar format could be adopted for a G20 food waste working group, responding to specific needs, sharing global best practice, and accelerating action among first movers and across the G20.

A member state has expressed interest in taking a leading role in this working group, securing its position on the G20 RE Dialogue agenda and providing continuity across G20 presidencies, to be confirmed.

A summary of the meeting and relevant slides can be found below:
Outcome documents and further information:
[8 June 2021]
First G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2021
Place: Virtual
Date: 8 June 2021
Organised by: The Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy
The Italian G20 Environment Presidency dedicated the first G20 RED meeting on the synergies between concepts of circular economy, resource efficiency and food waste reduction. A specific session was reserved for government representatives.

The first session focused on preventing food waste through more conscious consumption. Representatives from China, Australia, Italy, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom illustrated best practices to prevent food waste; Saudi Arabia provided updates on national initiatives.

G20 Delegates also discussed the proposals set forth by Chair Laura D'Aprile as to possible actions the G20 could undertake on “Circular Fashion” and “Food Waste Prevention”. Delegates discussed current policies and several proposed solutions, voluntary agreements and future regulatory frameworks on the subject. Prevention and reduction of food waste requires coordination between various levels of national and international governments, and the private sector.
Outcome documents and further information:
[7 June 2021]
G20 Online Workshop on “Circular Fashion”
Place: Virtual
Date: 7 June 2021
Organised by: The Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy, and the European Union
On 7 June 2021, the Italian G20 Presidency and the EU organised an online workshop on Circular Fashion to inform discussions in the G20. The workshop explored the G20’s role in promoting the circular economy in the fashion sector. It also explored how circular business models can help the fashion sector improve economic, environmental and social performance, with industry experts and policy makers from across the world.
Outcome documents and further information:
[8 September 2020]
G20 Online Workshop on “Measures to address marine plastic leakage through a circular economy approach”
Place: Virtual
Date: 8 September 2020

An EU G20 online workshop on “Measures to address marine plastic leakage through a circular economy approach” was organised by the European Commission on 8 September 2020. It contributed to G20 work to address marine litter (G20 Marine Litter Action Plan), in particular marine plastic litter (G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter). It followed up on the G20 workshop organised in 2019 by Japan, the EU and the USA, and has been one of the EU’s contributions to the efforts of Saudi Arabia’s 2020 Presidency of the G20 for safeguarding the Planet, in particular the marine environment.
Outcome documents and further information:
- Agenda
- Final Report of the Workshop
- Further information including the workshop report can be found here.
[9-10 Oct 2019]
G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2019 and Follow-up of G20 Implementation
Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter
Place: Tokyo, JAPAN
Date: 9-10 October 2019
Co-Organised by: the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan and United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study of Sustainability
At the third meeting of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue took place in Tokyo, G20 members and outreach countries reported on their actions and efforts related to marine plastic litter and resource efficiency. This became a first opportunity for the members to report based on the “G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter" which was agreed and endorsed at the 2019 G20 meetings.
[8 Oct 2019]
G20 Workshop on “Scientific Knowledge and Innovative Solutions
for Marine Plastic Litter: Supporting the G20 Implementation Framework
for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter”
Place: Tokyo, JAPAN
Date: 8 October 2019
Co-Organised by: the Ministry of the Environment, Japan and the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency
This workshop was co-organised by Japan (the Ministry of the Environment, Japan) and the European Union (Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission), and the USA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), back-to-back with the second meeting of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue. The aim of this workshop was to contribute to the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision agreed at the G20 Osaka Summit and the G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter. The workshop focused on three aspects of the Implementation Framework, namely sources of plastic pollution, best practices for plastic pollution monitoring, and innovative solutions for reducing marine plastic litter.
Further information including the workshop report can be found here.
[8 Oct 2019]
Japan/EU Joint Networking on Marine Plastic Litter
Place: Tokyo, JAPAN
Date: 8 October 2019
Co-Organised by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, and European Commission
Japan/EU Joint Networking on Marine Plastic Litter was held in Tokyo, Japan, on 8 October 2019. The purpose of this event was to provide technical contributions to G20 members’ activities to address marine plastic litter, by specifying challenges on the scientific knowledge and discussing of promotion framework, including innovative solution for marine plastic litter. Furthermore, it aimed to introduce activities in the Business Sectors to the G20 Officials and provide an opportunity to facilitate exchange and cooperation among them.
[10 Oct 2019]
Japan/EU Joint Workshop on Circular Economy and Finance
Place: Tokyo, JAPAN
Date: 10 October 2019
Co-Organised by: the Ministry of the Environment, Japan and the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission
As a contribution to the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (9-10 October 2019, Tokyo), this workshop was organized by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan and the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission to raise awareness on the linkages between the circular economy and sustainable finance. The specific aim of the workshop was to inspire circular economy practitioners to engage in the enhancement of frameworks for sustainable finance, and to motivate sustainable finance actors to integrate circular economy issues into the sustainable finance agenda.
Further information including the workshop report can be found here.
[27 Aug 2018]
G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue Workshop
Place: Puerto Iguazú, ARGENTINA
Date: 27 August 2018
The meeting took place in Puerto Iguazú, included the G20 Troika (Argentina, Germany, and Japan), as well as representatives from key institutions, namely CSWG (Climate Sustainability Working Group), UN Environment, International Resource Panel, Global Environment Facility, and US Chamber of Commerce.
Programme:
- Welcome remarks by the G20 Troika (Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina), (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany), (State Minister of the Environment, Japan)
- Panel I: Resource efficiency: key for the implementation of the SDGs and NDCs
- Panel II: The economics of resource efficiency: The case for increased resource efficiency and achieving economic opportunity in the private sector
- Presentation of country cases
- Panel III: Initiatives and programs for increased resource efficiency: best practices for considering resource efficiency and life cycle perspectives when developing related projects
- Presentation of country cases
- Closing remarks by Argentine Presidency
Relevant information:
[27-28 Nov 2017]
First meeting of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue
Place: Berlin, GERMANY
Date: 27–28 November, 2017
Organised by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
(c) Reinaldo Coddou
The Inaugural Meeting of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue took place in Berlin, starring the German, Japanese, Indian Ministers of the Environment, as well as representatives from UN Environment Programme and Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission. Following the high-level opening session, representatives of large companies and research institutes presented on their efforts to reduce the consumption of their own raw materials in certain production processes and in the design of their range of products through circular economy approaches.