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US News Japan will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, says Suga

11:05  26 october  2020
11:05  26 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Japan: The government should formalize the discharge into the sea of ​​contaminated water from Fukushima

 Japan: The government should formalize the discharge into the sea of ​​contaminated water from Fukushima The water is filtered but there is still tritium, only toxic to humans at very high doses © Pool for Yomiuri / AP / SIPA The new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, at the Fukushima plant. POLLUTION - The water is filtered but there is still tritium, which is only toxic to humans at a very high dose The Japanese government will soon formalize its decision to discharge the contaminated water from the into the sea.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 , a shift in stance that will bring the country in line with the Japan previously said it would aim to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions sometime in the latter half of the century.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 , a shift Japan previously said it would aim to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and achieve net-zero But investors say the apparent change in position is at odds with the country's plans to roll out new coal

JAPAN-ENVIRONMENT-SUGA: Japan will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, says Suga

LE JAPON ATTEINDRA LA NEUTRALITÉ CARBONE D'ICI 2050, DIT SUGA © Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon JAPAN WILL ACHIEVE CARBON NEUTRALITY D 'BY 2050, SAYS SUGA

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday pledged to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a major shift in Japan's position on the climate change.

Tokyo has so far said it will achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible in the second half of the 21st century, without setting an explicit target.

Yoshihide Suga's announcement places Japan in the tradition of the European Union, which last year launched a "green pact" against climate change with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality in 2050.

Nuclear: Japan wants to discharge contaminated water from the Fukushima power station

 Nuclear: Japan wants to discharge contaminated water from the Fukushima power station Since the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after the tsunami of March 11, 2011, nearly one million m3 of water contaminated with of radioactive substances is stored in a thousand tanks. This water comes from rain, groundwater or injections which were necessary to cool the cores of the reactors of the power plant which had melted after the tsunami. According to the authorities, the storage capacities of this water will soon be saturated.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 , a shift in stance that will bring the country in line with the European Japan is the world's fifth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, the heat trapping gas that scientists say is already causing major heatwaves, bigger

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 , a shift in stance that will bring the country in line with the Japan previously said it would aim to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions sometime in the latter half of the century.

"React in the face of climate change is no longer a hindrance to economic growth, "the leader said in a speech, his first political announcement to parliament since taking office since last month.

"We must change our way of thinking and consider that taking action against climate change will lead to changes in our industrial structure and our economy which will bring significant growth", he added.

Japan is the fifth largest carbon emitter in the world. While measures are intended to increase the use of renewable energies, the country also plans to deploy new coal-fired power stations.

Yoshihide Suga stressed the importance of solar energy and carbon recycling to achieve climate goals, and he said Japan will step up research and development efforts while promoting digitization - a policy Suga highlights since taking over from Shinzo Abe.

(Elaine Lies; French version Jean Terzian)

environmentalists and industry associations call for more ambition in the energy transition .
environmentalists and industry associations are demanding more ambitious goals and more commitment to the switch to renewable energies. "75 percent are a must," demanded BUND chairman Olaf Bandt with a view to the amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), which provides for 65 percent of renewable energies by 2030. The Bundestag dealt with the draft on Friday in a first reading. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is still hoping for improvements.

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