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Japan’s New Climate Pledge Faces a Massive Hurdle

  • The fossil fuel needs to fall to 4% of its energy mix by 2030
  • Net zero 2050 target follows China and the European Union
Yoshihide Suga delivers his policy speech during an extraordinary session at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo on Monday.
Yoshihide Suga delivers his policy speech during an extraordinary session at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo on Monday.Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Japan will need to more than quadruple the pace at which it shuts down coal plants and rapidly ramp up renewable energy capacity over the next decade to meet its new climate pledge to zero out emissions by 2050.

New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed that the world’s fifth largest emitter and third biggest economy will become the latest country to set a goal in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.