The government plans to hold a conference in December involving young people as well as business and government figures to boost climate change awareness and build momentum towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. by 2050, officials said Monday.
The event, dubbed a “national council,” aims to promote the use of renewable energy and environmentally friendly lifestyles.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has made reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero on a net basis by 2050 one of his administration’s key policies.
He unveiled the commitment during his first policy address to the Diet in October, aligning Japan with economies such as the European Union and the United Kingdom, which have set the same goal.
The national council was conceived as a way to harness the energy of young people to fight climate change. Young people around the world, including young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, played a leading role in the call for climate action.
Participants at the next meeting are expected to stress the importance of business contributions to the fight against climate change. Reducing plastic waste should also be on the agenda.
Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato and Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi are among the potential participants in the meeting, along with representatives from the manufacturing and financial sectors as well as local governments.
Participants are expected to discuss their roles in introducing renewable energy to local areas and promoting green investments for environmentally friendly businesses, among others.
In addition to the national council, the government aims to hold the first meeting of a separate council by the end of the year to discuss with local governments concrete measures that will reduce emissions, the officials said.
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