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Proposal for Energy Strategy Toward a Decarbonized Society
Achieving a Carbon-Neutral Japan by 2050

15 April 2019

in Japanese

Renewable Energy Institute released the “Proposal for Energy Strategy Toward a Decarbonized Society—Achieving a Carbon-Neutral Japan by 2050”  (original Japanese version released on 4 April 2019).
 
Japan is currently working to formulate its long-term GHG emission reduction strategy for 2050, as required under the Paris Agreement, and is aiming to announce this policy prior to the G20 Meeting. The long-term strategy roundtable set up under the Prime Minister released its proposal on 2 April.
 
The Long-Term Strategy to be formulated by the government should be centered around energy efficiency and renewable energy expansion, in order to enable significant reduction in domestic CO2 emissions through to 2030 and forging a path to zero net emissions by 2050. From this point of view, Renewable Energy Institute’s proposal raises particularly important issues, together with accompanying data, around the topic of electricity generated from renewable energy, coal-fired power, CCS and hydrogen evaluation, industry, buildings, and traffic measures. <Contents>
Chapter 1: Develop a Future for Japan Through Decarbonization
1.1  1.5℃ Report proposes achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050
1.2  Reducing domestic emissions and pioneering a new Japan-led business model for a decarbonized economy
1.3  Energy efficiency and renewable energy should be central to decarbonization strategy
1.4  Positives and shortcomings of proposal by Roundtable for Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as Growth Strategy
1.5  Five strategies toward a decarbonized society

Chapter 2: Five Strategies Toward Net Zero CO2 Emissions in 2050
Section 1: Supply 40-50% of Japan's Electricity with Renewable Energy by 2030
Section 2: Phase Out Coal-fired Power Before 2030
Section 3: Japan Should Develop a New Decarbonized Business Model for the Primary Materials Industry
Section 4: Strategy for Zero-Emission Buildings
Section 5: Pursuing Decarbonization in the Transport Sector

Chapter 3: Social and Regulatory Innovation for a Decarbonized Society
3.1  Components essential in Japan's Long-Term Strategy
3.2  The harmful effects of the government's emphasis on uncertainty
3.3  Introducing basic rules for a decarbonized society to Japan
3.4  Japan must act now to fulfill its responsibility to the next generation 

<Related Links>
[Proposal] Formulate a Long-term Reduction Strategy that Leads the World in the Decarbonization Process
(25 January 2018)

external links

  • JCI 気候変動イニシアティブ
  • 自然エネルギーで豊かな日本を創ろう!アクション
  • irelp
  • 全球能源互联网发展合作组织

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