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Japan adopts strategy to achieve Paris climate goals

  • June 11, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 2:03 p.m.
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Tokyo, June 11 (Jiji Press) — The Japanese government, at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, adopted a long-term strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in order to help achieve climate goals under the 2015 Paris agreement.

The move came as signatory countries to the Paris accord are supposed to submit such strategies to the United Nations by 2020.

The Paris agreement calls for keeping the average temperature in the world from rising 2 degrees Celsius or more from the pre-Industrial Revolution level.

The Japanese government plans to present its strategy at a Group of 20 meeting on energy and environmental issues to be held in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, for two days from Saturday.

The government is expected to then submit the strategy to the United Nations, before the summit of G-20 leaders in the western city of Osaka on June 28-29.

At a meeting of the government’s headquarters on tackling global warming earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said responding to the climate change is part of his administration’s economic growth strategy.

“Our country will lead a global paradigm shift on environmental policy by creating for sure a virtuous circle of environmental measures and economic growth,” Abe said.

The Japanese strategy mentions the pursuit of a decarbonized society, calling for reducing the country’s reliance on coal-fired and nuclear power plants as much as possible.

The strategy also highlights the development of technologies to recycle carbon dioxide into fuels and construction materials and to store carbon dioxide under the ground and in the sea floor.

 

It also backs efforts to reduce the costs of producing hydrogen energy, which emits no carbon dioxide.

In light of the spreading global trend toward environment, society and governance, or ESG, investment, the strategy calls for developing an information disclosure system to help investors and financial institutions evaluate companies in terms of their efforts on the fight against global warming.

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