Climate Action Tracker - Policy brief Japan

Published: 15/11/2013

This policy brief by the Climate Action Tracker updates about the new 2020 target by Japan which will increase emissions. Japan has revised its 2020 reduction target from a 25% drop below 1990 to an effective 3.1% increase in emissions in 2020 relative to 1990. Formally, the new target is a 3.8% reduction relative to 2005 emissions in the Japanese fiscal year ending 31 March 2006 and is even weaker than previously expected.

The 2011 shutdown of Japan’s nuclear industry cannot account for this massive degradation of ambition. Replacing all nuclear production projected for 2020 with the present fossil fuel mix would reduce the original 25% reduction to a 17-18% reduction. Even a shift to coal to replace nuclear would halve the original reduction - still far from explaining the planned increase in emissions.

The Climate Action Tracker is a science-based assessment by Ecofys, Climate Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) that provides regularly updated information on countries’ reduction proposals.

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