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Japan – Action plan for achieving a low carbon society


Japan’s Action Plan for achieving a low carbon society sets out the specific measures for implementing each of the policy points set out in a Prime Minister’s speech in June 2008. The Proposal of the Council on the Global Warming Issue (June 16, 2008) was also a precursor to the action plan. The measures contained in this Action Plan are to be steadily enforced, and followed up with checks at regular intervals on the status of efforts toward bringing about a low carbon society

Japan has proposed to share globally the long-term goal of “halving total global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from its current level of emissions”. It will be indispensable to have not only participation of the major economies but also efforts of all countries in some way. Japan, as one of the developed countries which should contribute more than developing countries, should set a long-term goal of reducing 60 to 80 percent of its current level of emissions by 2050, so as to realize a low carbon society that we can proudly present to the world. The basic policies toward the achievement of a low carbon society were put forward in a speech by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (June 9, 2008) and in the Proposal of the Council on the Global Warming Issue (June 16, 2008).

This Action Plan sets out the specific measures for implementing each of the policy points set out in the Prime Minister’s speech and the proposals made by the Council on the Global Warming Issue. The measures contained in this Action Plan are to be steadily enforced, and followed up with checks at regular intervals on the status of efforts toward bringing about a low carbon society.

Read Japan’s Action Plan for achieving a low carbon society.