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Japan to designate areas to lead decarbonization efforts

  • April 14, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:11 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government plans to designate over 100 areas across the country to lead efforts to make it carbon-neutral by 2050, informed sources said Wednesday.


The government plans to have designated areas achieve carbon neutrality by fiscal 2030, which ends in March 2031, the sources said.


The plan was included in a draft outline of the regional decarbonization road map, which the government aims to adopt around June.


In designated areas, carbon dioxide emitted from electricity use will be cut to zero through a range of measures including the use of power from renewable sources at homes, offices and public facilities and promotion of energy-saving houses and buildings and electric vehicles, according to the outline.


Designated areas will include urban and suburban residential districts in addition to remote islands and agricultural, mountain and fishing villages where electricity consumption is relatively low, the sources said.


The road map will include plans to promote solar panels on buildings and energy-saving houses across the country.


The government will provide financial assistance to municipalities to help them take decarbonization steps over multiple years.

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