Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 pledges Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga.
As the country battles to balance economic and coronavirus pandemic, Suda vowed to cut carbon emissions to zero in the next 30 years during his first policy address on Monday, October 26.
He took over from Shinzo Abe last month after his predecessor was forced to step down over health concerns.
Addressing Japan’s parliament, known as Diet, the 71-year-old said that response to global warming “is no longer a constraint on economic growth”.
He said that instead, “taking measures against global warming will bring about changes to industrial structures, as well as the economy and society, and lead to major growth”, reports Kyodo News.
Diet had previously aimed to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
It’s not yet known if Suga he will have the political support needed to overcome vested interests in weaning the country from its reliance on imports of oil and gas.
About 40 per cent of Japan’s carbon emissions come from power companies.
But Suga vowed to put every effort into achieving a “green society”.
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