Japan Approves Strategy To Cut Greenhouse Gases

Japan approves strategy to cut greenhouse gases

The Japanese government has compiled its long-term strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and will shortly present it to the United Nations under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Cabinet approved the strategy on Tuesday.

The plan calls for Japan to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and to achieve a post-carbon society as early as possible in the latter half of the 21st century.

It also aims to reduce reliance on thermal power in favor of renewable sources, such as solar and wind. In addition, Japan's dependence on nuclear power will be reduced as much as possible.

Technologies will be developed by 2023 to collect and reuse emitted carbon dioxide. The cost of producing hydrogen energy will be lowered to less than a tenth of the current level to promote its use in fuel cell vehicles and elsewhere.

The Paris Agreement on climate change strives to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero in the second half of this century. It requires signatory nations to submit their strategies by the end of 2020.

The government plans to submit the long-term strategy to the United Nations before the G20 summit convenes in Osaka on June 28.