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Almost 40% of Nikkei 225 companies pledge net-zero emissions

Tally has doubled this year with Sony pushing for cuts along supply chain

Kirin Brewery is having solar equipment installed at four plants, including this facility near Nagoya.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Nearly 40% of the 225 companies in Japan's Nikkei Stock Average have set goals to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within the next few decades, amid growing pressure from investors and Tokyo.

The tally roughly doubled from the end of 2020 to 85 at the end of April, suggesting that the government's target of net-zero emissions by 2050, announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in October, has spurred leading businesses to set new goals of their own or move existing ones forward.

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