Japan eyeing 26% greenhouse gas cut: officials

People protest Japan's nuclear energy policy in Tokyo on April 25, 2015
People protest Japan's nuclear energy policy in Tokyo on April 25, 2015

Japan is planning to pledge a 26 percent cut in its greenhouse gas emissions from 2013 levels, ahead of a global summit on climate change this year, officials said Friday.

The figure, using 2013 as the base year, was proposed at a government panel this week and will go out for at least a month's public consultation before being set in stone by the cabinet, an environment ministry official told AFP.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely formally announce the target at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Germany in late June, local reports said.

The pledge was immediately dubbed unambitious by environmental groups, with Tokyo-based campaigners Kiko Network pointing out that 26 percent cut from 2013 works out at just 17 percent cut from 1990 levels.

The numbers come after Tokyo proposed this week a fifth of its electricity should come from , despite widespread opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.

Japan's intended energy mix—what proportion of power comes from which sources—has been a subject of hot debate for months, not least because without it, Tokyo has been unable to make international commitments to reduce .

With none of the nation's viable nuclear reactors in operation, the target indicates an intention to bring most, if not all of them, back online.

Japan is one of the few leading polluters that has not yet declared a target on emission cuts, as the world works towards a new framework for combating , to be finalised at December's COP 21 gathering in Paris.

Japan plans to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2013 levels
Japan plans to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2013 levels

A total of 33 polities—including the number two emitter the United States, the number three emitter the European Union, and Russia, ranked fifth—submitted their reduction goals to the UN secretariat by the end of March.

In order to achieve the proposed emissions cut, Japan will also ramp up its reliance on renewables such as solar and wind power, which, under the energy mix proposal would account for 22-24 percent of Japan's whole electricity demand in 2030, double the current portion.

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May 02, 2015
If Japan hadn't foolishly put an end to nuclear energy in that country, they wouldn't have seen the bump up in carbon emissions they had in 2013. The nuclear disaster they suffered was entirely avoidable. The disaster occurred and the juncture of arrogance met ignorance.

May 03, 2015
"The nuclear disaster they suffered was entirely avoidable. "

We all agree on that. What we differ on is whether these monsters are good for society. We have created hundreds of tons of highly-radioactive materials we have no way of storing for the long term. Instead, we have left it for the rest of Humanity with which to deal, like the cowards and greedy folk we are.

May 03, 2015

Hundreds of tons of nuclear waste are child's play compared to the gigatons per year of greenhouse gases we're pumping into our atmosphere. Leaving sealed waste to future generations is completely different than pissing all over the environment worldwide and playing Russian roulette with mass extinction via climate change (a.k.a. polluting the snot out of the planet). You make it seem like we're drowning in nuclear waste. We're not. Three transport trucks full of fuel per reactor per year is laughable. The true cowards are the anti-nukes that fight against a viable and available green replacement for the fossil disaster we're currently experiencing.

May 03, 2015
"The true cowards are the anti-nukes that fight, . . . "

Is a comment necessary?

Really, . . . fighting cowards?

A coward is someone who hides in a hole and screams "Bring 'em on!".

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