At least 17 prefectures and ordinance-designated cities set higher emission reduction targets than what the government has pledged to the UN, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. They represent more than 60% of the local governments that reviewed their reduction targets after the signing of the Paris agreement in December. Those that set lower targets than the government come to three. The momentum is growing among local governments, which are closer to citizens, to take the initiative in combating global warming.
Among local governments that the law on the promotion of measures to combat global warming requires to draw up their own action plans, the survey targeted those of scale, namely, the 47 prefectures and 20 ordinance-designated cities. It was conducted from late July to early August.
Of the 67 local governments, 26 set new reduction targets in their action plans (which include draft outlines) that have been rewritten since December. At least 17 of them, including Iwate Prefecture and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, have set higher targets than the central government. Osaka City and many other governments include in their action plans their own measures to support the use of renewables. These moves will likely facilitate the proliferation of renewable energy and energy-saving efforts.
Local governments that have set higher emission reduction targets than the central government are Iwate Prefecture; Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Kanagawa Prefecture; Nagano Prefecture; Gifu Prefecture; Kyoto Prefecture; Nara Prefecture; Tottori Prefecture; Kagawa Prefecture; Kumamoto Prefecture; Okinawa Prefecture; Sendai City; Kyoto City; Osaka City; Hiroshima City; Kitakyushu City; and Fukuoka City. (Abridged)