Five angles on Japan and its game plan for meeting its raft of recent promises on reining in climate change:
- Japan’s target of a 46% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2013 levels is a step forward, but it’s still not enough for Tokyo to achieve its goal of net zero by 2050, experts tell Osamu Tsukimori, nor to meet its Paris Agreement targets.
- As the government plans to adopt its next basic energy policy in June, all eyes will be on how far the country will pivot to renewable energy, and which sources it will prioritize as it shakes up the national energy mix.
- Recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic offer five crucial takeaways that also reveal some blind spots that could undermine the hard-earned progress in Japan and elsewhere toward a transition to renewables, write Harsh Vijay Singh and Pedro Gomez.
- Could Japan’s ticket to zero carbon be a century-old technology? Some of the biggest industrial companies in Japan are working on a project that could trigger a wave of investment into one of the most controversial forms of carbon capture: methanation.
- Japan wants domestic firms to supply parts using European tech as part of a supply chain for the promotion of offshore wind power in Asia, Jiji reports. Offshore wind projects remain thin on the ground in Japan, although Tokyo Gas plans to install 19 turbines off Ibaraki from 2024.