Japan will try to expand the use of ammonia as fuel as part of efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the industry ministry said Tuesday.

Seeing ammonia, which does not emit carbon dioxide when burned, as an effective energy source along with hydrogen and other renewables, the ministry set up a council to that end with members of the private sector, a day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 on Monday.

"With Japanese companies spearheading efforts to utilize this new fuel, our country can take the initiative in the world toward expanding its use," Ryo Minami, director general at the ministry's Natural Resources and Fuel Department, said at the council's first meeting.