Japanese industrialists call for climate action

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Major Japanese companies, including fiber giants Asahi-Kasei and Teijin, support the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), which calls on the Japanese government to take stronger action to mitigate climate change, including by introducing renewable energy, despite the fossil fuel crisis and global instability. .

June 3rdJCI issued the following statement:

“With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine destabilizing the world’s energy supply, Japan’s priorities should be more than ever to reduce the total amount of energy used through the promotion of energy conservation and efficiency. , and to accelerate the deployment of locally produced renewable energy, which is not affected by the geopolitical climate The geopolitical context does not give any credence to the old discourse in Japan about the need to rely on fossil fuels to achieve to a stable supply.

“This message calls for the clean energy strategy – which is being developed by the Japanese government and will be released around June this year – to focus on promoting the development of renewable energy such as wind and solar power, to supply 40-50% of Japan’s energy needs by 2030.

“285 organizations endorse the message, including pioneering large Japanese companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), local governments, consumers and religious groups

“In the face of the growing fossil fuel crisis, this is the first time that Japanese companies, local governments and other organizations are calling for stronger action against climate change and putting the expansion of renewable energy at the heart of their efforts. a clean energy strategy under their own names.

The endorsement by various organizations is a clear demonstration of the firm will of non-state actors in Japan that even during times of global upheaval and fossil fuel crises, climate action should not be left on the back burner, the statement added. JCI.

The JCI Network was established in Japan in 2018 to help entities combating climate change strengthen their intercommunication and exchange best practices and solutions. JCI’s latest statement released in April 2021 encouraged businesses, local governments, and organizations to help meet the nation’s emission reduction goals and collectively demonstrate Japan’s willingness to support global efforts to combat climate change. climate change.

Teijin, as a member of JCI, has set internal goals to reduce its group-wide environmental impact, including goals to achieve net-zero emissions by fiscal year 2050. As a practical initiative, Teijin introduced Internal Carbon Pricing (ICP) to quantify CO2 emissions as costs and thereby create economic incentives to reduce emissions. Teijin’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets are also officially validated scientific targets to help limit the average global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-war levels. industrial revolution, which will likely reduce the risks and impacts of climate change significantly.

www.japanclimate.org

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