04 May Japan latest country to nominate 2030 target
Japan, the world’s fifth largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has proposed a 25.4% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Japanese Government officials preferred to use 2013 as a baseline year as that implied a higher reduction target than other developed nations. In response to the announcement, Climate Action Network Japan Coordinator Kumiko Hirata stated that using 2013 as the baseline year would essentially ignore other nations’ efforts since 1990. She also pointed out that Japan burned very large amounts of gas and coal for power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, and so using 2013 as a baseline year would make the target look bigger.