Koizumi Highlights Japan's Efforts At Cop25

Koizumi highlights Japan's efforts at COP25

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has highlighted the country's efforts to tackle global warming at the UN climate conference in Madrid.

Koizumi took part in a ministerial-level meeting that began on Tuesday at the COP25 summit.

Japan has been widely criticized for its continued use of coal to generate electricity.

Koizumi told reporters before the meeting that he believes it is very important for Japan not to evade the criticism, but to face it squarely.

He added that he will send a positive message about the country's efforts to address the problem of global warming.

At an event hosted by Chile's environment minister Carolina Schmidt, Koizumi explained how some Japanese municipalities are building their own power lines for electricity produced by renewable energy.

He noted that these communities will be able to provide electricity without relying on large power companies, even if major disasters occur.

At the Japan pavilion, Koizumi revealed a plan to provide technical support for collecting and processing chlorofluorocarbons in seven countries, including Vietnam and France. Chlorofluorocarbons are used as coolants for refrigerators and air conditioners.

A man from an NGO in Nigeria said Japan is offering technical support for developing countries' anti-global warming measures, but it is regrettable that Japan is still using coal-fired power generation.

Koizumi told reporters that he believes he was able to explain Japan's strengths. He will give a speech at the ministerial meeting on Wednesday.