Japan has committed itself to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2013 levels by 2030. Japan will make an official pledge during the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet, which will be held in Paris in December.
Japan is one of the bigger contributors of greenhouse gases and its desire to make things right have garnered lots of applause. As countries have been asked to declare their resolutions publicly, as what actions they’ll take to reduce the burden on the nature, Japan submitted its INDC’s (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) as a commitment and contribution to the global cause of saving the planet.
While the European Union adopted 1990 as a base year, United States opted to take 2005 as a base year for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, however Japan took 2013 as their base year because it was in this year Japan recorded its second highest emission level in history as an aftermath of Fukushima nuclear disaster.
After the Fukushima disaster Japan ran out of energy and it used more fossil fuel to complete the energy requirements, thus causing Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics soar to a record high. Japan’s decision is not a surprising one as its earlier greenhouse gas reduction target was deemed as inadequate by many environmentalists forcing Japan to take even bigger step to clean the environment.
In the past few centuries industries and power consumption has increased and it is at ultimate high therefore the climate concern shown by Japan and other bigger economies is a necessary step which is essential for the survival of the earth and of the human race.
The world will need more and more energy as time passes because of increasing population and demand hence more environmental friendly energy solutions are required. In the climate change conference which will be held later this year, more is expected from the richest nations as they’ll lead the conference to save mother Earth.
However bigger economies must apply steps to reduce the greenhouse gases percentage in the atmosphere with utmost seriousness to get the expected result.