Japanese companies call for increasing the share of renewable energy to between 40 and 50% by 2030


92 large private Japanese companies, including Sony, Panasonic, Nissan and Toshiba, urged the government to increase the target set for the year 2030 in terms of renewable energy by nearly double compared to the current target.
These companies, which are part of the “Japan Climate Innovation” coalition (the Japanese Climate Initiative), called for increasing the share of renewable energy in the production of electric energy in the country to between 40% and 50% in 2030, according to the French.
The current target set by the Japanese government in 2018 and which is currently under review is to rely on renewable energy sources at a rate of between 22% and 24% in 2030, compared to 17% in 2017.
Many parties view this goal as being very modest compared to the goals set in other industrialized countries, especially with the acceleration of the development of environmentally friendly energy sources.
Japan’s sector growth, coupled with declining electricity demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has allowed the country to reach its 2030 target since the first half of 2020, according to preliminary figures published in September.
“For Japan to live up to its responsibilities to be on the front lines of the global effort (for climate), a much more ambitious goal must be set,” said the companies, signatories to the appeal published Monday.
She pointed out that setting “an ambitious goal stimulates the use of renewable energy sources, and Japanese companies will be able to play a greater role in the global market environment, as efforts to reduce carbon emissions are accelerated.”
Japan spent $ 16.5 billion on deploying green energy sources in 2019, making it fourth in the world as the largest investor in the sector, but it lags far behind the top three (China, the United States and the European Union), according to a report issued by the United Nations for the year. the past.
Last October, Japan set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and it intends to reach it by that date by strengthening reliance on renewable energy sources.
Yet, to date, Japan still relies heavily on fossil energy sources (especially liquefied natural gas and coal), and this trend has been strengthened since the tight restrictions imposed on reliance on nuclear energy since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.


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