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Japan slashes emissions target

Japan slashes emissions target

Japan is to significantly slash its greenhouse gas reduction target in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It will now aim to achieve a 2020 target of 3.8% below 2005 levels.

This replaces a previous commitment to reduce emissions by 25% from 1990 levels.

The moves come with all of Japan’s nuclear power plants currently offline – forcing the country to increase its burning of fossil fuels.

The move was announced in Tokyo by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The new target represents a 3% rise over 1990s emissions levels, a comprehensive turnaround from the 25% reduction target.

But Mr Suga said the previous target – set under a government led by the now-opposition Democratic Party – had been “totally unfounded”.

“Our government has been saying… that the 25% reduction target was totally unfounded and wasn’t feasible,” he said.

BBC article

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