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Japan Plans Huge Offshore Wind Expansion to Hit Climate Goal

  • Nation to seek to lift offshore capacity to 45GW in 2040
  • Country is seen relying on wind, hydrogen to decarbonize
Wind turbines stand at an offshore wind farm
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
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Japan will aim to more than quadruple offshore wind generation capacity in the decade to 2040 under plans to meet its mid-century emissions reduction target.

The government will seek to lift offshore wind capacity to as much as 45 gigawatts in 2040 from 10 gigawatts in 2030, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday in a statement. Reaching that goal will require a vast expansion of a sector that has current capacity of about 20 megawatts.