Japan Able to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 25% Without Nuclear

Japan is able to cut greenhouse gas emissions as much as 25 percent by 2030 from levels in the 1990s even without nuclear generation if it expands renewable energy and power-saving measures, a government research institute said.

The cuts could be as much as 39 percent assuming the nation gets 35 percent of its generation through nuclear, the National Institute for Environment Studies said in a report today.

Japan is debating its energy mix as only one of its 54 atomic reactors is online after the March earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station.

The institute’s report was to be presented at a meeting of an advisory group for the environment minister scheduled today to discuss Japanese low-carbon policies and measures after 2013.

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