EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is calling for proposals to outsource a Study and Related Activities (Expert List and Workshop) on the 'Sustainable Building and Construction Sector in Japan and the analysis of Opportunities for European Firms'.
Objective and expected approach
The Outsourced Project is intended to support and complement the policy exchange in the framework of the EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue - “Climate Change and Environment Working Group” with a business driven perspective focusing on Japan market access, business development, technological and regulatory cooperation on the construction sector in general and the insulation materials in particular.
The background of this study is a high market potential identified in the construction sector in both Europe and Japan. The sector accounts for about 10% of GDP and jobs in Japan and 11.4% of GDP and over 12 milion direct jobs in the EU.
Both are characterized by a high presence of small and medium-sized enterprises, which should be taken into account for the study. At the same time, the market potential is still held back by existing market access issues, notably non-tariff measures, differences in regulatory provisions as well as a lack of awareness of opportunities in each other’s markets.
The Outsourced Project is undertaken against the background of a window of opportunity that opens as both the EU and Japan are in the process of developing sustainability criteria for the environmental performance of construction products as well as in the context of the ongoing negotiations for an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The Outsourced Project should therefore present an analysis on the Japan market potential, market obstacles and opportunities for regulatory and standards alignment and other areas of cooperation related to market access for construction products, with a particular focus on insulation materials and technologies. A particular attention should be given to the potential opportunities for European SMEs. This should result in a Comprehensive Written Report, the establishment of an Expert Working Group as well as the organization of a Dissemination Workshop in Tokyo (with the option of organizing a second Workshop in Brussels with the support of the Brussels Office of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation).
For more information, please see the attached file.
How to Submit
Please submit a written proposal to the EU-Japan Centre for industrial Cooperation by email or post no later than Friday 29 August 2014 17h30, Tokyo local time.
See full contact details and information in the downloadable document below.
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
+81 (0)3 6408 0281