Japan’s newly elected prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has recently announced that the country will become carbon neutral by 2050.
“Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth,” Suga said in a statement. “We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth.”
Suga hasn’t publicly revealed a detailed action plan as to how the country will achieve zero emissions however, Suga said he would speed up research and development on key technologies like next-generation solar batteries and carbon recycling, and promised to “fundamentally change Japan’s long-term reliance on coal-fired energy”.
This big move follows in the footsteps of the European Union, which vowed last year to become carbon neutral by 2050, and China’s recent pledge to achieve that goal by 2060.