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Japan Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 46% Over 2013 Levels by 2030
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Japan Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 46% Over 2013 Levels by 2030

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu Lin   Japan Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 46% Over 2013 Levels by 2030 Japan’s most current level of GHG emissions is approximately 1.213 billion tons in 2019, a 2.9% decrease compared to 1.247 billion tons in 2018. Its 2019 GHG emissions...

Japan Spotlight: Yokohama City
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Japan Spotlight: Yokohama City

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu Lin   Yokohama City is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 3.7 million, the second biggest in Japan (“About…” 2021). In response to the global shift toward a carbon neutrality and abnormal weather...

Best Climate Practice Japan: Kiko Network
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Best Climate Practice Japan: Kiko Network

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu LinKiko (Climate) Network is a non-governmental, non-profit organization in Japan that focuses on putting together policy proposals for climate change prevention at the community level and beyond, disseminating information, and engaging in environmental education and training. Its aim is to change the actions of...

Japan’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Scheme
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Japan’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Scheme

Submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu-LinOne of Japan’s most effective practices for distributing renewable energy has been the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme introduced in July 2012 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) under the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities. The...

Fossil Fuels Make Up the Majority of Electricity Consumption in Japan
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Fossil Fuels Make Up the Majority of Electricity Consumption in Japan

Japan’s total electricity consumption in 2018 was recorded to be 1012.75 Terawatt hours (TWh), an increase of 22.03% compared to 1990 levels. This figure had been steadily increasing since 1990, ultimately reaching a peak in 2010 at 1123.75 TWh (IEA, 2020). Ever since, electricity consumption has been decreasing slightly; this trend can be attributed to...

Since 1990 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 2.7% in Japan
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Since 1990 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 2.7% in Japan

Latest Reported Greenhouse Gas Emission Level: 1.213 billion Metric Tons of CO2 in 2019: an increase of 2.7% over 1990 Levels (Source: National Institute for Environment Studies) According to the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018 was 1,240 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (Mt CO2 eq.)....

New Prime Minister Declares Japan will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero by 2050
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New Prime Minister Declares Japan will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero by 2050

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, Japan has since experienced several significant climate disasters and adopted new policy changes. In this report, we are highlighting some of the most significant changes. In late summers and early autumns, Japan is often hit by tropical cyclones that devastate regions along the coasts with very heavy...

Japan Spotlight: The National Institute for Environmental Studies and The Renewable Energy Institute
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Japan Spotlight: The National Institute for Environmental Studies and The Renewable Energy Institute

Climate Change Research in Japan is mostly concentrated in universities and designated Climate Policy research institutions around the country. Here, we introduce the two major research institutions and their research on Climate Change. The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES:国立環境研究所) was established in 1974 as a focal point for environmental research in Japan. In 2001,...

The Global Economic Slowdown Threatens the Growth of Green Jobs in Japan
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The Global Economic Slowdown Threatens the Growth of Green Jobs in Japan

Climate adaptation and resilience stand out as rapidly emerging areas of employment as the effects of climate change are felt worldwide. According to the UNEP, green jobs are defined as “positions in agriculture, manufacturing, R&D, administrative, and service activities aimed at substantially preserving or restoring environmental quality”. They seek to protect the environment and conserve...

Extreme Weather Events Surfaces Climate Needs of Elderly and Those Living Near Flood-Prone Areas in Japan
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Extreme Weather Events Surfaces Climate Needs of Elderly and Those Living Near Flood-Prone Areas in Japan

Over the past decade, Japan has experienced a variety of record-breaking extreme weather events, confirming how catastrophic climate change is. Japan is a country prone to disasters and rains, which has grown increasingly intense in recent years due to global warming. The most recent example is the torrential rain caused in Kyushu in July 2020....

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