Measures such as preventing deforestation or supporting renewable energy projects actually do little to extract additional carbon from the air, and shouldn’t contribute to net-zero claims.
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Climate experts say some offset deals do virtually nothing to decrease carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, falling far short of neutral.
With few other options, the world is expected to depend more on cleaner-burning gas as a replacement to coal to help achieve near-term green goals.
The country, the world’s top LNG importer, called for more renewables such as wind and solar to replace natural gas in a revised plan released last week.
China's "air pollution control could directly affect our people’s health and society," said Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi.
The government panel shaping the nation's energy future sees the restart of almost every reactor halted after meltdowns in 2011 as necessary to meet climate goals.
Tepco chief says nuclear energy is indispensable for the company to curb CO2 emissions 50% by fiscal 2030 from 2013 levels as boosting capacity of renewables takes time.
The engineering and technology giant aims to reduce the group's greenhouse gas emissions across all operational stages by 50% from the fiscal 2019 level by fiscal 2030.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. said this week they can’t set deadlines to become emissions neutral because it’s too costly.
The August announcement, among the largest investments ever made by Buffett in Japan, boosted investor interest in the trading companies.