Japan wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga today, a path that looks complicated due to the country's dependence on coal.
"I declare that we will reduce [emissions] of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050", on a path towards "a carbon neutral society", said Yoshihide Suga in his first political speech to the Japanese parliament since the inauguration, In September.
The announcement represents a significant step towards fulfilling Japan's commitments in the fight against climate change. So far, Tokyo had only said that it hoped to achieve carbon neutrality in the second half of the XNUMXst century.
The Japanese Prime Minister did not present a specific timetable for achieving this balance between greenhouse gas emissions and their absorption, but he mentioned the importance of technology.
"The key is innovation," he said, citing in particular the new generation of solar batteries.
Japan will also promote the use of renewable and nuclear energy, he added, stressing the importance of security in a country marked by the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
The accident, which followed a major earthquake and tsunami, led to the temporary closure of Japan's nuclear reactors and increased its dependence on fossil fuels.
The world's third largest economy, which signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, was the world's sixth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency.