Energy / Climate Change

March 5, 2012


Japan's Major Industries Reduce 2010 CO2 Emissions by 12.3% from 1990

Keywords: Climate Change Fossil Fuels Manufacturing industry Non-manufacturing industry 

The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) released the Results of the Fiscal 2011 Follow-Up to the Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment (Section on Global Warming Measures) on December 13, 2011. The report reveals that 34 industries in the industrial and energy-conversion sectors that participated in the 2011 follow-up together emitted 443.47 million tons of CO2 in fiscal 2010, a 12.3 percent decrease from 1990, but a 5.3 percent increase from 2009. Looking at individual industries, 24 industries reduced CO2 emissions when compared to fiscal 1990, while 11 did so when compared to 2009.

Keidanren developed the action plan to achieve an overall target of reducing the average CO2 emissions between fiscal 2008 and 2012 from the industrial and energy-conversion sectors to below the fiscal 1990 level.

According to the follow-up results, the 12.3 percent CO2 emissions reduction from the 1990 level is attributable to a reduction in emissions per unit of output as a result of steady effort in various areas, including technological innovation, installation of energy-saving and high-efficiency facilities, fuel conversion, recovery and use of waste energy, and improvements in the operation of facilities and equipment.

The action plan allows for the supplementary use of domestic credits, as well as credits under the Kyoto Mechanisms, when it is difficult for businesses to achieve their targets with voluntary reduction efforts alone. Without including such use of credits, the industries emitted 457.23 million tons of CO2, a 9.6 percent decrease from fiscal 1990, or a 5.4 percent increase from 2009.

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Posted: 2012/03/05 06:00:15 AM



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