Japan to set emissions cut target
Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26% by 2030 amid international efforts to set a new framework for addressing climate change.
The final draft of the government target, released today, says Japan will aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 26% by 2030 compared to 2013 levels, or 25.4% from 2005 levels.
That is below the US target of a 26-28% cut by 2025 from 2005 levels, and the European Union's target of 40% from 1990 levels.
Critics say Japan's targets are too modest.
The government is to formally endorse the target after reviewing public comments and experts' views.
A new international framework replacing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is to be discussed at a conference later this year.