Japan launches energy policy review amid global push for greener power

Japan has launched its latest three-yearly energy policy review, with the country grappling with a need to cut greenhouse gas emissions even as the public remains wary over nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster.

In its last review in 2018, Japan kept its targeted mix of power sources for 2030 in line with goals set three years earlier, with renewables accounting for 22-24 per cent, nuclear 20-22 per cent, and fossil fuels 56 per cent. For the year ended March 2019, fossil fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal accounted for 77 per cent, while renewables came to 17 per cent and nuclear 6 per cent. Further, Japan aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent from 2013 levels by 2030, but its environment ministry warned in July the electricity industry, which accounts for 40 per cent of its CO2 emissions, will miss its 2030 reduction target.

 

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