Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government plans to promote reform of the industrial structure in order to help the country achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, officials said Wednesday.
The plan was included in a draft update to the government’s long-term strategy to address global warming. The draft, submitted by the environment and industry ministries, received broad approval from an experts’ panel.
The strategy is designed to help achieve goals set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, an international framework to combat global warming.
The updated strategy points out that there are many companies in Japan that need to change their business models radically in order to keep pace with a shift to a carbon-neutral society.
It states that the government will support aggressive efforts by companies to restructure operations, such as an attempt by makers of gasoline-powered vehicle parts to assemble parts for electrified vehicles and converting gas stations to charging stations for electric vehicles.
The government plans to submit the updated strategy, as well as a plan to slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2030 by 46 pct from the fiscal 2013 level, to the United Nations before a climate change conference in Britain in late October.
The current strategy, adopted in June 2019, calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by 80 pct by 2050.
The draft update also stipulates that Japan as a member of the international community help to limit the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius from the preindustrial levels, a nonbinding goal under the Paris agreement.