Japan’s new climate pledge faces a massive hurdle

The East Asian country will need to more than quadruple the pace at which it shuts down coal plants and rapidly ramp up renewable energy capacity over the next decade to meet its new climate pledge to zero out emissions by 2050.

Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed that the world’s fifth largest emitter and third biggest economy will become the latest country to set a goal in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

It comes after China announced it would go carbon neutral by 2060 and European Union ministers agreed to a binding 2050 climate neutrality goal. Currently six countries around the world have set the mid-century in law with several more to follow, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit.

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