Japan reiterates its plan to reduce dependence on coal


Koichi Hagiuda speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

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TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) – Japan reiterated on Friday its policy to reduce reliance on coal-fired power generation as much as possible, with plans to phase out inefficient coal-fired power plants by 2030.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda made the comments when asked about an expected statement from the Group countries’ energy, climate and environment ministers. of the Seven (G7).

A draft statement, seen by Reuters ahead of the May 25-27 talks between ministers, showed the group would consider pledging to phase out coal by 2030, although sources suggested the opposition of the United States and Japan could derail such a commitment. . [nL2N2XI09Z]

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“We will phase out inefficient coal-fired power plants around 2030 and continue our efforts to replace them with carbon-free thermal energy using hydrogen, ammonia and carbon use and storage around 2050,” said Hagiuda at a press conference.

“I think what Japan has stood for at every opportunity so far is spreading” to partner countries, he said.

Japan’s policy allows the continued operation of efficient coal-fired power plants. Last year, the government said it was aiming to reduce the share of coal in power generation to 19% by 2030, from 32% in 2019.

Regarding natural gas, the minister said: “In order to ensure a stable energy supply and reduce dependence on Russian gas, we will diversify our sources of supply by investing in liquefied natural gas and promoting investments in upstream development outside of Russia”.

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Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Bradley Perrett

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