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World Japan aims for zero emissions, carbon neutral society by 2050: PM

10:05  26 october  2020
10:05  26 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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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. Pressure has also been building from below with the number of cities, towns and villages aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 increasing to 163

Hours before the UK announced it would legislate to go net zero by 2050 , the centre-right cabinet of the world’s third largest economy approved a plan setting “a carbon - neutral society as the final goal, and seek[ing] to realise It also aims to slash production costs of hydrogen to less than one-tenth by 2050 .

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his first policy speech in parliament in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his first policy speech in parliament in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is aiming to cut greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 and become a carbon-neutral society, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday as he unveiled a major shift in position on climate change.

a crowd of people in a room: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his first policy speech in parliament in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his first policy speech in parliament in Tokyo

Japan had previously said it would be carbon neutral as soon as possible in the second half of the century, rather than set an explicit date.

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Its target of no greenhouse gases emissions on a net basis by 2050 brings it into line with the European Union, which set a target of being carbon neutral by that same date last year.

a man and a woman standing in front of a curtain: Japan's Emperor Naruhito wearing a protective face mask speaks during the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Japan's Emperor Naruhito wearing a protective face mask speaks during the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo

"Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth," Suga said in his first policy address to parliament since taking office last month.

"We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about great growth."

Japan is the world's fifth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and while steps are being taken to increase renewable energy, it also plans to roll out new coal-burning power stations.

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To achieve its goals, Suga said that new solar cells and carbon recycling would be key, and Japan would intensify research and development in those areas, along with digitalising society - a policy he has pushed since taking over from Shinzo Abe.

His announcement was welcomed by Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, who congratulated Suga in a message on Twitter, adding: "True leadership on the #RacetoZero".

In a nod to Japan's deep economic ties with giant neighbour China, Suga said a stable bilateral relationship was essential - but also said that Japan would maintain contact with "all like-minded nations for a free and open Indo-Pacific".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Lawmakers keeping social distancing bow toward Japan's Emperor Naruhito during the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Lawmakers keeping social distancing bow toward Japan's Emperor Naruhito during the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo

Suga last week made his first visit to Vietnam and Indonesia, part of Japan's efforts to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian countries as a counter to China's growing push to assert claims over disputed East China Sea isles.

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a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Japan's Emperor Naruhito wearing a protective face mask arrives to the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Japan's Emperor Naruhito wearing a protective face mask arrives to the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament in Tokyo

"We will utilise high-level chances to decisively say what needs to be said, staying in contact in pursuit of common issues," he told parliament.

Suga initially was buoyed by strong support, but a poll conducted by the Nikkei and TV Tokyo at the weekend said approval had fallen by 11 points to 63% since a poll after he took office a month ago.

Disapproval rose by 9 points to 26%, partly due to limited easing of international travel restrictions along with his rejection of six scholars for membership in a science advisory panel, raising concern about academic freedom, the Nikkei said.

(Additional reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Sam Nussey; Editing by William Maclean, Robert Birsel)

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