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Japan vows to meet 2050 zero carbon emissions

…set to completely dump coal

Japan has vowed to press ahead with its avowed policy of zero percent carbon emissions by 2050.

To this end, it has promised to dump coal as a means an energy source.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said innovation revolving around solar cells and carbon recycling and investment in research and development will likely be central to reaching the new goal.

“Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth. We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about great growth.”

Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan

Japan’s bold plan would speed up the previous plans for the third-largest economy and fifth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, which committed to reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050 and reaching carbon neutrality after 2050.

It plans to increase renewable energy to between 22 and 24 percent and nuclear power to between 20 and 22 percent by 2030, but new goals are expected to be announced next year.

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