Japan raises its renewable energy target for 2030


According to a draft stating Japan’s newest energy strategy, the government’s objective for renewable energy in the country’s power mix for 2030 will be raised as the country tries to decrease emissions to meet pledges under international climate change accords.
Even though the government has struggled to restore nuclear power to its previous major position since the Fukushima accident in 2011, its new basic energy policy keeps its nuclear power objective intact.
Renewables should account for 36 to 38 percent of electricity supply in 2030, according to a policy draught issued by the industry ministry on Wednesday (July 21). This is up from 18 percent in the financial year to March 2020. Renewables were previously expected to supply 22 to 24 percent of power in 2030. Under the revised plan, coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, would be cut from 26 percent to 19 percent.
Gas, which is imported as liquefied natural gas, will account for most of the remaining fossil fuel part of the desired energy mix, which has been reduced from 56 percent to 41 percent.
The nuclear objective for Japan has remained constant at 20 to 22 percent. According to the draft, new fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia will account for roughly 1% of the power mix in 2030.


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