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Climate change and emissions in Japan - statistics & facts

Climate change is a global phenomenon that has emerged as one of the biggest environmental challenges facing countries worldwide. Negative consequences of the changing global climate, which will likely lead to economic consequences as well, are high temperatures, increased flooding frequency, and a rise in sea levels.
Global warming has already influenced Japan's climate in recent years, resulting in increased average annual rainfall and an increase in the average annual temperature in Tokyo. Flora and fauna were also affected, resulting in an inhibited growth of crops, corals in the Japanese sea dying due to rising sea temperatures, as well as an increase in the number of deaths attributable to air pollution.

Causes of greenhouse gas emissions in Japan

The largest driver of global warming is the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The energy conversion sector was responsible for most of the carbon dioxide emissions in Japan. Following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011, nuclear energy was replaced by fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum as energy sources with the largest share of primary energy supply, resulting in increased emissions shortly after the disaster.
In terms of non-energy related carbon dioxide emissions, the industry sector was one of the main polluting sectors as it had the largest final energy consumption. Since Japan is one of the global leaders in the manufacturing industry, most emissions here were likely due to the high energy consumption needed for production.


Japan's measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

As a member of the Paris Agreement, Japan intends to reduce its emissions by around 26 percent by 2030, compared to the 2013 value. In 2020, prime minister Suga Yoshihide announced that Japan aimed to be emission-free by 2050 and emphasized the importance of restructuring the energy sector to achieve this. The country is currently focusing on replacing fossil fuels with nuclear and renewable energy, aiming to increase its renewable energy share by up to 24 percent and its nuclear energy share by up to 22 percent by 2030. Most Japanese people agreed that renewable energy generation should be increased to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, renewable energy accounted for a share of 18 percent in electricity production, reaching its peak in the past decade, whereas nuclear energy made up just over six percent. In recent years, these measures began to show their effect as figures for the total annual greenhouse gas emissions indicated a decline. Nevertheless, there was international criticism that Japan's measures were not sufficient to counteract global warming.

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Climate change and emissions in Japan - statistics & facts

Climate change is a global phenomenon that has emerged as one of the biggest environmental challenges facing countries worldwide. Negative consequences of the changing global climate, which will likely lead to economic consequences as well, are high temperatures, increased flooding frequency, and a rise in sea levels.
Global warming has already influenced Japan's climate in recent years, resulting in increased average annual rainfall and an increase in the average annual temperature in Tokyo. Flora and fauna were also affected, resulting in an inhibited growth of crops, corals in the Japanese sea dying due to rising sea temperatures, as well as an increase in the number of deaths attributable to air pollution.

Causes of greenhouse gas emissions in Japan

The largest driver of global warming is the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The energy conversion sector was responsible for most of the carbon dioxide emissions in Japan. Following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011, nuclear energy was replaced by fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum as energy sources with the largest share of primary energy supply, resulting in increased emissions shortly after the disaster.
In terms of non-energy related carbon dioxide emissions, the industry sector was one of the main polluting sectors as it had the largest final energy consumption. Since Japan is one of the global leaders in the manufacturing industry, most emissions here were likely due to the high energy consumption needed for production.


Japan's measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

As a member of the Paris Agreement, Japan intends to reduce its emissions by around 26 percent by 2030, compared to the 2013 value. In 2020, prime minister Suga Yoshihide announced that Japan aimed to be emission-free by 2050 and emphasized the importance of restructuring the energy sector to achieve this. The country is currently focusing on replacing fossil fuels with nuclear and renewable energy, aiming to increase its renewable energy share by up to 24 percent and its nuclear energy share by up to 22 percent by 2030. Most Japanese people agreed that renewable energy generation should be increased to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, renewable energy accounted for a share of 18 percent in electricity production, reaching its peak in the past decade, whereas nuclear energy made up just over six percent. In recent years, these measures began to show their effect as figures for the total annual greenhouse gas emissions indicated a decline. Nevertheless, there was international criticism that Japan's measures were not sufficient to counteract global warming.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Climate change and emissions in Japan".

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