EU-Japan cooperation on renewable energy

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Series Details 2021/52, Number 52
Publication Date 2021
ISBN 9789294661081
ISSN 2467-4540


The European Union and Japan are the largest economies consistently committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which cause global warming, and to promoting renewable energy. China has also been an important partner, although it has adopted less ambitious targets, and the US has oscillated between committing to reducing GHG emissions during the Obama administration, abandoning this policy during the Trump administration and now re-embracing this goal with more fervour than ever during the Biden administration. Among the top four global economies, the EU and Japan have been the most consistent and important supporters of GHG emission reductions and renewable energy promotion. In 2020 and 2021 both the EU and Japan significantly upped their targets for GHG emission reductions. In April 2021 during a global climate summit called by US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Suga Yasuhide significantly raised JapanĀ“s GHG target, pledging an ambitious 46% reduction by 2030. This was a big jump from the previous 26% target for the same year.

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