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Climate Change

Bucking trend, Japan to keep coal power plants under tougher rules

Facilities not meeting 43% efficiency target must be scrapped or upgraded

Coal was responsible for 32% of all power generated in Japan in fiscal 2019, more than any other fuel source except LNG.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will allow coal-fired power plants meeting a stricter efficiency target to continue operating past 2030, defying a growing trend to quit the fossil fuel completely as countries like France and Germany have pledged to.

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