Japan Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80% by 2050

2016/03/29 16:12
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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The Global Warming Prevention Headquarters (chief: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) of the Japanese government compiled the "Anti-global Warming Plan" March 15, 2016.

The plan has been discussed mainly at joint meetings of the Central Environment Council and the Industrial Structure Council. The plan is expected to be approved by the Cabinet after the public comment period that will last until April 13, 2016.

In the plan, the goals of greenhouse gas reduction were set for short-, middle- and long-terms, which are (1) a reduction of 3.8% in fiscal 2020, compared with fiscal 2005, (2) a reduction of 26.0% in fiscal 2030, compared with fiscal 2013 (or a reduction of 25.4%, compared with fiscal 2005), and (3) a reduction of 80% by 2050, respectively.

The goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% in fiscal 2030 was originally mentioned in the "intended nationally determined contributions" that Japan submitted to the bureau of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The reduction of 80% in 2050 is becoming an international consensus partly because Japan agreed to "reduce greenhouse gas by 50% on a global basis and by more than 80% in advanced countries by 2050" at the L'Aquila Summit, which took place in 2009.

The Anti-global Warming Plan was formed in accordance with that trend.