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Cabinet approves plan to double renewable energy by 2030

  • October 23, 2021
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported on the GOJ’s approval at a cabinet meeting on Friday of its new basic energy plan, which pledges that Japan will make a maximum effort to use more renewable energy. The plan includes a goal of increasing the use of renewable energy to 36–38% of total power generation capacity by fiscal 2030, more than double the 18% recorded in fiscal 2019. As for nuclear power, the percentage will be increased to 20–22% in fiscal 2030 under the plan. The figure in fiscal 2019 was 6% because many nuclear plants across the country remained offline due to the stricter safety regulations introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The amount of energy coming from thermal power sources will be reduced from 76% in fiscal 2019 to 41%. The Cabinet also approved a government plan to combat global warming that stipulates a range of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2013 levels.


Mainichi wrote that Japan’s plan to continue using thermal power in fiscal 2030 may draw criticism at the COP26 meeting to be held in Glasgow starting on Oct. 31 because the UK, the host of the conference, has announced a plan to end its use of thermal power by 2024 and France and Germany have also announced plans to terminate thermal power generation in the future.

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