Carbon dioxide emissions dropping

Carbon dioxide emissions by the nation’s 34 major industries dropped 2.9 percent in fiscal 2001 from a year earlier to 483.7 million tons, the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) said Friday.

The figure represents a 3.2 percent decline when compared with fiscal 1990, Nippon Keidanren said. The business group launched a voluntary plan in 1997 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in fiscal 2010 to the fiscal 1990 level or lower.

The industries include the steel, automobile and electronic sectors.

Nippon Keidanren attributed the fall to corporate efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, such as steelmakers reducing the use of coal, as well as decreased production due to the prolonged economic slump.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol requires Japan to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 6 percent compared with 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.