Japan Receives Fossil of the Day Award at COP26 After Kishida’s Speech

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An international non-governmental organization working to reduce global warming awarded Japan the Fossil of the Day prize on Tuesday.

Climate Action Network awards the prize to a country that it believes is slow to act in the fight against climate change.

CAN presented the award to Japan during the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP26, held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Japan was chosen as the recipient of the award because CAN believes a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at a COP26 summit on Tuesday contained material leading to the promotion of thermal power generation, a source major greenhouse gas emissions.

In the speech, Kishida pledged Japan’s support for developing countries in Asia that promote power generation using ammonia and hydrogen, considered effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. , while failing to mention whether Japan will end coal-fired thermal power generation.

CAN said Japan must understand that these premature and expensive technologies will lead to the production of fossil fuels.

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