Japan notifies U.N. of 25% emissions cut goal

Kyodo News

Japan on Tuesday informed the United Nations of its goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 if other major emitters commit to ambitious targets.

Tokyo notified the secretariat of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of its target under the Copenhagen Accord, which was agreed upon during the U.N. climate summit last month in the Danish capital, ahead of the end-of-January deadline.

The government endorsed the notification during a Cabinet committee meeting, attended by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa and other ministers.

Hatoyama told the meeting that Japan had presented a “very bold” and ambitious target.