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26 April, 2021

Toward Achieving a 46-Percent Reduction in GHG Emissions by 2030

On April 22, at Japan’s Global Warming Prevention Headquarters, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a new goal of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels, adding that the nation would continue to endeavor toward a 50-percent cut. On the same day, the prime minister publicly committed Japan to that goal at the Leaders Summit on Climate, convened by President Joe Biden of the United States.

The new goal is substantially more aggressive than the 26-percent cut in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2013 levels that had been decided on in 2015, and is another step toward the goal of “2050 carbon neutral”—that is, net-zero GHG emissions by 2050—announced by Prime Minister Suga last October. In order to make good on its international pledge, Japan will have to pursue electrification on the demand side and decarbonization on the supply side. At the same time, building a sustainable society remains essential. In terms of the stability of supply, nuclear power is a reliable and quite robust, highly economical and environmentally sustainable power source. Combined with renewable energies, whose problem is their intermittency, nuclear power’s reliability will actually support efforts to fu...more
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