Japan Pledges to Stop Building Coal-Fired Plants

Japan will stop building new unabated coal-fired plants as a measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a speech at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai.

“Japan will implement thorough energy conservation and intends to achieve maximum deployment of clean energy through making renewable energy as the main source of power, utilising nuclear power and other measures,” Kishida said.

The Japanese leader also expressed support for the goal, advocated by the COP28 chair, the United Arab Emirates, of tripling the world’s renewable energy capacity by 2030.

In addition, he noted that the first Asia Zero Emission Community summit will be held this month to promote decarbonisation in Asian countries by utilizing Japan’s technology.

The Japanese prime minister also emphasised the need to achieve net zero emissions “through various pathways that are compatible with economic growth and energy security.”