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Climate Change

Japan embarks on hard path to zero net carbon emissions by 2050

Country eyes emission cuts of more than 40% by 2030, far more than Paris target

A proliferation of solar power plants helped Japan approach its 20% renewable energy goal last year.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- An expert panel charged with mapping out a plan for Japan to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050 met for the first time Wednesday, focusing on what the revised target for 2030 should be and how to structure a carbon tax.

But Japan faces big hurdles in shifting to a more ambitious climate agenda. Analysts say that, if the country is to become a net emitter by 2050, then it will have to cut emissions by more than 40% by 2030. Tokyo committed the nation to cutting carbon emissions by 26% from the 2013 level under the Paris climate agreement. 

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