Energy / Climate Change

June 30, 2010


Japan Submits to UNFCCC Its Target of Reducing Emissions by 25% below 1990 Levels by 2020

Keywords: Climate Change Government 

The Japanese government announced on January 26, 2010, that it had formalized its consent to be associated with the Copenhagen Accord, which the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) took note of in December 2009, and submitted its conditional emissions reduction target to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Japan's target is to reduce its emissions by 25 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020.

In the Copenhagen Accord, it was agreed that Annex I Parties would submit their quantified economy-wide emissions targets for 2020, and that Non-Annex I Parties would submit their nationally appropriate mitigation plans, both to UNFCCC in the prescribed format by January 31, 2010.

With the approval of the Committee of the Ministries, the Japanese government expressed its willingness to agree to the Copenhagen Accord to the UNFCCC. The government also submitted its emissions reduction target for 2020 that promised, based on 1990 levels, a "25 % reduction, which is premised on the establishment of a fair and effective international framework in which all major economies participate and on agreement by those economies on ambitious targets."

Ministry of the Environment official website
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Posted: 2010/06/30 06:00:15 AM