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Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech: Japan will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech: Japan will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

On October 26, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivered his first policy speech after taking office. He announced that Japan will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

According to Kyodo News on October 26, Suga Yoshihide delivered his first policy speech since he became Japanese Prime Minister. He said that Japan will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Kyodo News previously analyzed that in order to implement these plans, the government needs to tighten environmental protection requirements for companies in the power, metallurgy, and automotive industries.

 In addition, the Japanese government will support initiatives aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy, and plans to implement these measures so that by 2050, the greenhouse gases emitted by Japanese industries will be equal to the annual recovery of the recycling process.

The Japanese government has previously emphasized goals such as “cutting emissions by 80% by 2050” and “achieving a decarbonized society as soon as possible in the second half of this century.” 

However, since it did not give a specific number of years for reducing emissions to zero, the response was unclear, and it was criticized for “a negative attitude towards environmental issues.” Japan is currently the fifth largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world.

In December 2015, nearly 200 parties to the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” unanimously adopted the “Paris Agreement” at the Paris Climate Change Conference, which came into effect in November 2016. 

This is the second legally binding global climate agreement after the “Kyoto Protocol”. The goal is to control the global average temperature within this century at 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than before the industrialization period.

Among developed countries, countries such as France, Canada, and the United Kingdom that have put forward the goal of getting rid of carbon coal have positioned nuclear power as an important power source, but Japan’s nuclear reactor restart has been slow to make progress.

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