Japan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

According to people familiar with the matter, the Japanese government is considering raising its 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target (from the current 26% in fy2013) to at least 40%.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei has set a goal to make Japan carbon neutral by 2050, and plans to set a target for 2030 before the G7 summit in June. Due to the different opinions of various departments, some compromises have to be made.

 

The European Union has already raised its 2030 target from 40% to at least 55%, while the UK has said it will raise its 2030 target from 57% to at least 68%.

 

Although Japan’s environment ministry has set an ambitious target of reducing emissions by 45%, the Ministry of industry is pushing for a more conservative target of 35%.