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Climate Change

Japan wins G-7 support for 'avoided emissions' climate concept

Expert says guidelines help but are no substitute for cutting greenhouse gases

Japan has been pushing for "avoided emissions" to be recognized as part of companies' decarbonization efforts. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Business groups are optimistic that "avoided emissions" will become more widely accepted as a criterion for measuring companies' decarbonization efforts after Japan persuaded fellow Group of Seven members to recognize the concept.

Experts say the recent publication of guidelines for measuring and reporting the emissions a company has "avoided" by offering eco-friendly products and services, in addition to the G-7 backing, is lending momentum to the trend.

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