A Foreign Ministry expert panel is drafting a proposal calling for Japan to contribute to the resolution of world climate change issues by applying its outstanding technology, including developing offshore wind power generation projects in Asia. With an eye on the G-20 summit to be held in Japan in June 2019, the proposal urges the Foreign Ministry to launch a ministry-wide initiative placing climate change issues at the center of Japan’s foreign policy. The report will be readied at the final meeting scheduled for April 19 and presented to Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The expert panel (chair: Takejiro Sueyoshi, special advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative) was set up at the request of Finance Minister Kono in January this year and has been studying a new direction for environmental diplomacy.
The draft proposal describes climate change as “the greatest global risk” impacting the rise and fall of nations. To create a carbon-free society, the proposal calls for Japan to lead offshore wind-power-generation projects in Asia and to set up a framework to consolidate Japanese companies’ environmental technology and expertise and support their application overseas.
The proposal will recommend strengthening domestic measures as well, including raising Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by fiscal 2030 (current goal: decrease emissions by 26% from fiscal 2013 levels) and introducing “carbon pricing” at the earliest possible date.