Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

| Mar 28, 2015

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

by Philip Brasor

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Japan earlier this month, local coverage focused on a joint German-Japanese statement about the Ukraine crisis and her comment that Japan should forthrightly address its actions during World War II. She said nothing about how Japan and ...

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Mar 23, 2015

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of renewable energy. The researchers at the university’s Graduate School of Bioresources ...

Mar 8, 2015

China defends island-building in South China Sea

China’s foreign minister on Sunday defended his government’s controversial policy of reclamation on disputed isles in the South China Sea, which has sparked regional concern, and said Beijing is not seeking to overturn the international order. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to ...

Mar 6, 2015

Sumitomo to build ¥5 billion thermal power plant in Myanmar

Sumitomo Corp. said Friday it has won an order to construct a thermal power plant in Myanmar. The order from Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise, an affiliate of the Ministry of Electric Power, is worth about ¥5 billion, Sumitomo said. The plant will have two ...

Feb 27, 2015

Japan, Poland agree to bolster security, energy ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski agreed Friday to strengthen security ties by holding regular defense talks, Japanese officials said. During talks at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe and Komorowski also decided to boost cooperation on energy, including atomic ...

Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

Feb 24, 2015

Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

The government is considering reducing incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs. The tariff for applications approved between April 1 and June 30 could be cut to ¥29 per kilowatt hour ...