Japan considers cutting 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by 26% from 2013 level


The Japanese government is considering cutting the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 26 percent from the level in 2013, it was learned Saturday.

The idea will be submitted to Thursday’s joint meeting of the Central Environment Council, which advises the environment minister, and the Industrial Structure Council, under the trade minister, informed sources said.

The government will make a decision by the June 7-8 summit of the Group of Seven major industrial nations in Germany after consultations between the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, the sources said.

Some government officials had been cautious about changing the reference year from 2005, which has been used for the government’s current provisional emission reduction plan.

But many believe that the amount of emission cuts could be large if the reference year is 2013, when the use of coal as fuel for thermal power generation surged amid the shutdowns of nuclear power reactors in the nation.

Compared with 2005, Japan’s emissions in 2030 would likely be down by 25.4 percent. This estimate will also be submitted to the coming meeting of the two advisory councils, according to the sources.

Countries are urged to submit their emission cut targets beyond 2020 before the 21st Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris late this year.

Among major economies, the United States has already submitted its target, which calls for reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025 from the level in 2005. The European Union is aiming to cut its emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from the 1990 level.

Japan has been asked to show its target at an early time.