Japan plans to eliminate emissions by 2050October 23, 2020
Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, will set Japan’s more stringent climate targets: by 2050, the country should be completely climate neutral. Of course, this will have implications for the country’s auto industry as well.
Sugi’s target is stricter than the Japanese government’s earlier target of 80% emission reductions by 2050. After South Korea, Japan is the second Asian country to have a more stringent goal. Japan has the fifth largest CO2 emissions in the world. Most of the country’s energy still comes from coal-fired power plants. In addition, the country’s industry has a strong lobby in which the auto industry has a large share. This lobby has helped slow or loosen climate legislation and policies, but this now appears to be changing.
Japanese automakers are also working hard to electrify their product line. Honda recently launched the Honda E and is working on an all-electric SUV. Toyota focuses primarily on hydrogen, while developing a wide range of electric vehicles in parallel.
Nissan, which can be considered a pioneer in this field with the Leaf model, recently introduced the Ariya to the public. In general, the Japanese auto industry is already taking the necessary steps, but, given the new target, it may need to move a little faster in this direction.
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