Japan falls five places to 50th in this year’s CCPI, giving it a very low overall rating. Japan receives a low in the GHG Emissions and Renewable Energy categories, but a medium for Energy Use. All three ratings are the same as last year’s, but the country falls to a very low in Climate Policy.
Japan blocked G7 process on decarbonised power systems
Japan is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and a 46% emissions reduction by 2030. While the CCPI expert welcome this development, they criticise that the absence of a clear plan for delivering these goals is an issue, with few concrete policies in place for meeting either target.
Overall, the CCPI experts see Japan’s targets as insufficient. Japan lacks a phase-out for coal power production, lacks effective carbon pricing and a robust renewable energy development plan.
Japan’s international climate policy rates very low. The CCPI experts note that Japan has blocked discussions over decarbonised power systems and decarbonised transport in the G7 process. Similarly, Japan’s national climate policy receives only a low rating and the CCPI experts note the need to improve climate-related policies.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI:
- Tetsu Iida (Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies)
- Yuri Okubo (Renewable Energy Institute)