Japan May Consider Emissions Goal Excluding Nuclear, Kyodo Says

Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, said the country’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions should be based on a scenario with no nuclear power generation, the Kyodo News agency reported yesterday.

Discussions on emissions should take into account that Japan will remain without nuclear reactors, Ishihara told a meeting of four ministers yesterday, Kyodo reported.

The ministers have yet to agree on the new target or how much nuclear power generation should account for Japan’s energy mix, Kyodo reported, citing the minister.

Ishihara said in January that the country will set a new target by November after reviewing the previous government’s goal to reduce emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels.

Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor was halted for maintenance in September, leaving the nation without nuclear energy for the first time since July 2012.

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