Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose global steps aimed at halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from current levels during next month’s Group of Eight summit, and has already gotten U.S. President George W. Bush’s promise to cooperate, sources said Tuesday.
According to the sources, Abe told Bush during their April 27 meeting in the U.S. that Japan’s proposal will involve developing technologies, creating low-carbon societies and taking other steps to halve emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2050.
Abe and Bush agreed that their countries can contribute to international efforts to fight global warming by employing energy-saving and other technological measures.
Tokyo has been working to beef up international efforts to fight global warming. During talks April 11 in Japan, Abe and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to cooperate on creating an effective post-Kyoto Protocol framework from 2013.
By securing commitments from China and the U.S., which have not signed onto the Kyoto Protocol, Abe intends to take the lead in the annual G8 summit, especially over the European countries.
The Kyoto Protocol, formulated in 1997 under a U.N. framework, requires industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emission from 1990s levels by an average of 5.2 percent by 2012.
But the pact does not cover major emerging economies like China and India, and the United States has refused to ratify it, leaving its effectiveness in doubt.
The sources said Abe explained to Bush about the commitments made by China during his talks with Wen, and noted that Japan intends to set up a new financial framework to help developing nations deal with global warming.
Bush criticized Beijing for failing to contribute to international efforts against global warming and imposing high tariffs on imports of environment technology to gain profits, while taking advantage of its position as a developing nation, the sources said.
Bush stressed the need for the U.S. and Japan to urge China to address these problems, a move that would make it easier for Japan and other countries to export green technology to China, the sources said.
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