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Japan set to set new energy milestones



As part of the 2015 Paris Agreement aiming to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the signatory governments will submit their new targets to the UN by February 2025. In this context, the Japanese government wants to update its roadmap to adopt it before the end of the year.

The big question, which is focusing attention, is to set quantified objectives to determine the trajectory to follow between 2030 and 2050, the date by which the country is supposed to achieve carbon neutrality, reports the daily Mainichi Shimbun. Currently, the country aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 compared to 2013, but it does not have a quantified target for the period from 2030 to 2050.

On this point, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of experts mandated by the UN to synthesize all knowledge on climate, emphasizes that a reduction of 60% by 2035 compared to 2019 is necessary to respect the Paris agreements, recalls the newspaper. Nevertheless, “To set an example for other states, developed countries should make more efforts,” he emphasizes.

Open debate

Currently, Japan’s emissions have been trending downward since 2013, but “not enough to ensure the achievement of the target of -46% by 2030”, specifies the daily.

According to information relayed by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, According to the country’s economic daily, Tokyo is considering relying on nuclear and wind power in particular in order to reduce its dependence on coal, which produced 30% of the country’s energy in 2022.

As for concrete objectives, the debate seems open for the moment. At the interministerial meeting between the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of the Economy, held on June 28, “Most participants were in favour of the idea of ​​setting a target in line with the Paris agreements,” reports the Mainichi Shimbun. But some said they preferred to have numbers. “more realistic”. So it is too early to say whether the country’s goals will be ambitious or not, but the next energy roadmap will show “How serious is Japan’s commitment to combating global warming?” concludes the Mainichi Shimbun.

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