Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Japan Committed To Cut Greenhouse Gas By Half

Vittorio Hernandez
AHN News Writer
January 29, 2008

Tokyo, Japan (AHN) - Tokyo is determined to do its share in combating global warming, with or without joint international efforts, by pledging a 50 percent reduction on its greenhouse gas.

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda told the Diet Tuesday, "If other countries cannot join efforts to halve global greenhouse gas emissions, advanced countries, including Japan, will be required to achieve bigger targets."

Fukuda's commitment mirrors his predecessor's pledge to similarly reduce Japan's greenhouse gas emissions by half in 2050 from current levels.

To achieve it, Fukuda suggested picking 10 model Japanese cities that will create a low-carbon society through the development of new traffic systems and pushing for the greater use of biomass resources. These cities will receive financial assistance from the federal government.

In his speech recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Fukuda pushed for a global target of increasing energy efficiency by 30 percent by 2020.


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