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Japan raises emissions cut target to 46% by 2030

Premier Yoshihide Suga announces ambitious plan ahead of climate change summit being hosted by US

Riyaz Ul Khaliq   | 22.04.2021
Japan raises emissions cut target to 46% by 2030


Japan is now aiming for a 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the country’s prime minister declared on Thursday.

Yoshihide Suga said Japan hopes that this “ambitious” target, a major increase from the previous figure of 26%, will allow it to “lead international discussions on curbing emissions,” Kyodo News reported.

He told a government task force that Japan’s long-term aim is to “make an effort to cut emissions by 50%.”

The announcement by the world’s third-largest economy came on the eve of the Leaders Summit on Climate being hosted by US President Joe Biden.

Last October, Suga said Japan would achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Japan hopes to make active contributions to resolving [climate change], and we hope to firmly lead global decarbonization efforts in the summit as we look toward COP26 [UN Climate Change Conference] and beyond,” Katsunobu Kato, the chief cabinet secretary, said at a news conference earlier on Thursday.

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