Dec 14, 2015

Japanese businesses welcome golden lining in new climate agreement

Japanese businesses welcomed a new international climate change agreement adopted in Paris on Saturday as giving a lift to sales overseas of their energy-saving technologies and products. The deal represents a very significant historical step because it involves all greenhouse gas emitters, Sadayuki Sakakibara, ...

Nov 20, 2015

Test begins to store carbon dioxide under seabed off Hokkaido

A trial operation for capturing carbon dioxide emitted by factories and power plants for undersea storage began Friday at the nation’s first major facility for that purpose in Hokkaido. The government-backed project is aimed at putting the so-called CCS (carbon-dioxide capture and storage) technology ...

Nov 19, 2015

Japan inks emission offset deal with Thailand

Japan on Thursday signed a deal with Thailand to allow it to offset some of its greenhouse gas emissions in exchange for providing low-carbon technologies to the Southeast Asian country. Thailand is the 16th country with which Japan has concluded a so-called Joint Crediting ...

OECD to end public financing of coal-fired power generation

Nov 18, 2015

OECD to end public financing of coal-fired power generation

Japan and other members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will end public financing of coal-fired power generation in principle from 2017 to help rein in global warming, Japanese officials said Wednesday. A working group of the OECD has agreed in Paris ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan emissions up 1.2% in FY 2013: report

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.2 percent in fiscal 2013 to the second-highest level on record as ongoing nuclear plant shutdowns placed greater reliance on coal-fired power generation, the Environment Ministry said in a report. The report released Tuesday showed emissions of carbon ...

Apr 10, 2014

Kiev races to use Kyoto pact cash

Ukraine, battling political crisis, is having to find ways to finish spending $800 million it earned through Kyoto Protocol emissions rights sales, after Japanese officials warned Kiev it had a year before Tokyo would demand its money back. Andriy Mokhnyk, Ukraine’s incoming environment minister, ...

Nov 24, 2013

UNEP chief urges Japan to stay in fight

The chief of the U.N. Environment Program urged Japan to keep playing a leadership role in the fight against global warming, although it faces a challenge caused by Fukushima nuclear disaster, which left most of its atomic plants offline. “The world has in a ...