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JCI Asks Japan's Gov't to Set Higher Goal for Renewable Energy

2019/05/26 10:57
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo & Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), a network of companies that are actively making efforts to prevent global warming, announced a message in response to the draft of the Japanese government's long-term strategy called "Long-term Strategy as Growth Strategy Based on Paris Agreement (tentative name) (draft)" May 16, 2019.

In the message, "We Want Long-term Strategy to Show Japan's Leadership in Reducing Carbon Emissions to World," JCI said that, for realizing a zero-carbon society, it is most important to thoroughly improve energy efficiency and maximize the use of renewable energy and pointed out that, especially in Japan, a higher goal of the introduction of renewable energy will be the key to drastically lowering the dependence on fossil fuels including coal.

In the draft of the government's long-term strategy, the goal of the introduction of renewable energy set for the Basic Energy Plan (22-24%) was not changed.

JCI also pointed out that many companies and municipalities have started to make more efforts to expand the use of renewable energy and realize zero carbon emissions in Japan than the central government. And it strongly demanded that the government make a long-term strategy to help such pioneering efforts in Japan and show Japan's leadership in reducing carbon emissions to the world.

The Japanese government made the draft of the Long-term Strategy Based on Paris Agreement based on proposals made by the "Round-table Conference Targeted at Making Long-term Strategy as Growth Strategy Based on Paris Agreement (Paris Agreement Long-term Growth Strategy Round-table Conference)," which was announced April 2, 2019. It is preparing to make a final plan before the 2019 G20 Osaka summit begins. It was calling for public comments until May 16, 2019.