Japan’s proposed INDC “inadequate” and opposite to its G7 commitment - Climate Action Tracker

10th June 2015

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Japan’s proposed INDC “inadequate” and opposite to its G7 commitment - Climate Action Tracker 

9 June 2015 -- Japan can almost reach its proposed - and “inadequate” - INDC target without taking any further action, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today.   In the wake of the G7 decisions to decarbonise their economies, Japan appears to be heading in the opposite direction.

Key points from analysis (full analysis here). 

“Japan’s proposed energy strategy will not only delay its shift to a low carbon economy, it will also put Japanese industry at a competitive disadvantage with other countries that are currently undertaking these shifts,” said Niklas Höhne of NewClimate Institute.  

“Japan agreed in the G7 communique to complete the transition of its energy system towards decarbonisation by 2050, which is not possible with the current draft INDC," he said. 

“Japan’s plans to build coal fired power plants at home, and its international funding of coal plants, no matter how efficient, could undermine global efforts to decarbonise the energy system,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics. “We suggest Japan reviews its coal plans, and revises its INDC to reflect its new G7 commitments.”