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Climate Change

Japan's government to run on 30% renewable power next year

Official buildings to blaze trail toward 2050 net-zero emissions

The Japanese government's Kyoto State Guest House, located in Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, will aim to switch to more than 35% renewable energy in fiscal 2021, and over 90% by fiscal 2025. 

TOKYO -- Japan's government facilities will switch to renewable sources for 30% of their energy supply starting in fiscal 2021, leading Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's push for the country to become carbon neutral by 2050.

All national government ministries and agencies will be required to reevaluate their electricity supply for the year through March 2022 and beyond under the plan to be announced Thursday by Taro Kono, minister in charge of administrative reform, and Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi. Much of the electricity will be sourced from providers specializing in solar or wind power.

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