Japan received the ‘Fossil of the Day’ award at COP27 for the world’s highest public investment in fossil fuels

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This image from the Climate Action Network website announces that the “Fossil of the Day” has been awarded to Japan.

TOKYO – Japan was named “Fossil of the Day” at the COP27 climate change summit in Egypt on November 9 by the Climate Action Network (CAN) for investing the largest amount of public money in fossil fuel projects in the world.

CAN, which brings together environmental non-governmental organizations from around the world, announced at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, that he singled out Japan as the country most reluctant to take action on climate change.

According to CAN, Japan invested an average of $10.6 billion (about 1.5 trillion yen) of public funds in oil, coal and natural gas projects per year between 2019 and 2021. The Japanese government is seeking to promote “zero-emission thermal energy” in Asia, where fossil fuels are mixed with ammonia and hydrogen to burn in thermal power plants without emitting greenhouse gases.

However, as the plan has many problems, including high costs, CAN said, “The Japanese government is making huge efforts to export fake solutions to other countries.” Noting that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is not at the climate summit, CAN added: “Perhaps he was too busy promoting fake solutions in Japan?

Fossil of the Day recipients will be announced almost daily during COP27, depending on country policies and feedback from officials. Japan is the first “winner” of the summit.

(Japanese original by Ei Okada, Department of Science and Environmental News)

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