Japan Panel Eyes Carbon-Free Society in 2nd Half of This Century

Politics

Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government panel of experts on Tuesday came up with a set of proposals including the target of realizing a decarbonized society, which does not depend on fossil fuels such as oil and coal, at the earliest possible time in the second half of the 21st century.

The panel, headed by Shinichi Kitaoka, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, has been tasked with discussing a long-term strategy for substantially cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to achieve the country's goals under the Paris Agreement, an international framework for tackling climate change.

Based on the proposals, the government plans to finalize the long-term strategy by the time the country hosts this year's summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in the western city of Osaka in late June.

"We hope to bring about a change in the global values by strengthening the virtuous cycle between environmental conservation efforts and economic growth," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the panel's meeting on Tuesday.

The Paris Agreement, which entered into force in 2016, calls for all signatories to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to limit global temperature rises from pre-Industrial Revolution levels to less than 2 degrees Celsius on average.

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