Japan receives infamous ‘fossil’ award at climate change conference


Japan received the infamous “fossil” award from an international environmental group on Wednesday for being the world’s largest public funder of oil, gas and coal projects.

“The Japanese government is making huge efforts to export false solutions” such as coal-fired power plants to other countries despite the international trend to end fossil fuel investment, the Climate Action Network said at the conference. 27th session of a UN climate conference in Egypt. .

The non-governmental organization also criticized Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for not attending the leaders’ summit, saying, “Perhaps he was too busy promoting fake solutions in Japan?

A master of ceremonies announces that Japan has won the Fossil of the Day award at the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on November 9, 2022. (Kyodo)

Referring to recent climate disasters, the group said vulnerable communities around the world are suffering from the impact of climate change.

“Japan’s public finances are flowing to the fossil fuel projects responsible for this destruction rather than funding the loss and damage caused by its own greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

More recipients of the Fossil Award of the Day, given to countries “doing the most for the least” to stop climate change, are expected to be announced at the conference, which runs until November 18.


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