Japan should set a higher goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming and bring them to effectively zero in the second half of the 21st century, a government panel said Tuesday.

The government plans to draft a long-term climate change strategy based on the proposal before Japan hosts the Group of 20 summit in late June.

The country has upheld a long-term goal of slashing emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2013 levels. But the panel of experts said the country needs to make a "new shift" in its efforts toward fighting global warming.