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Greenhouse gases target reduction to be set “around the first half of 20%

  • 2015-04-17 15:00:00
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(Yomiuri: April 17, 2015 – p.1)


 It was disclosed that the government will soon finalize the target reduction of greenhouse gases that will be set “around the first half of 20% by 2030.” The government aims to realize the target reduction by thorough energy conservation and lowing dependency on thermal power generation. The target will be submitted to the United Nations for the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) scheduled to begin in November this year. According to sources involved, the final coordination will be held among the prime minister’s official residence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Environment. The two baseline years, FY 2005 and FY 2013, have surfaced to be used as the standard for the reduction ratio with only 1% difference between them in setting the reduction target. By announcing a draft within the month, the government aims to make the official decision by the time of G-7 summit scheduled for June in Germany.


 In COP21 to be held in Paris, participants will discuss toward an agreement on the framework for reducing greenhouse gases after 2020 when all nations will participate. As major carbon dioxide (CO2) emitting countries and regions have already submitted the reduction target to the UN: the U.S. (26 to 28% by 2025 compared to 2005), EU (at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990), and Russia (25 to 30% by 2030 compared to 1990), the reduction target by Japan as the world fifth largest emitter is attracting attention.


 The government is planning to reduce the degree of dependency on thermal power generation that is a major contributor to CO2 emission and instead to increase to a certain level the ratios of renewable energy and nuclear power that don’t emit CO2, as well as developing and spreading of energy conservation technology such as super-insulated house.

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