Japan sets higher 46pc target for reducing emissions

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Japan said Thursday it will raise its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 46 percent on 2013 levels from 26 percent, NHK television reported.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan by 2050.

Suga on Thursday announced a new more ambitious target of 46 percent in emissions reduction by 2030, significantly up from the current 26 percent from the 2013 levels, NHK said.

It comes hours before Suga attends a virtual climate summit hosted by President Joe Biden.

Japan has been under pressure from European countries to do more than its earlier target of 26 percent

Suga, during his visit to Washington last week, agreed to cooperate in leading global efforts to decarbonize by promoting clean energy technologies and implementing the 2015 Paris accord.