„Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth,“ said PM Yoshihide Suga on Monday, in his first policy address to parliament since taking the office.
„We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth.“
Taking strict measures and promoting renewable energy sources will enable Japan, world’s third-biggest economy to tackle the climate emergency and reduce emissions by 80% in 30 years’ time period.
China, world’s second biggest economy declared its plan at the U.N. General Assembly to become carbon neutral by 2020.
To this day, Japan is the fifth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and it has been struggling to cut emission since the 2011 Fukushima meltdown, which caused the closure of many nuclear reactors.