13 Apr 2024, 11:03

Japan's greenhouse gas emissions hit record low in fiscal 2022

TOKYO, April 13, 2024 (BSS/XINHUA) - Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan in
fiscal 2022 fell to a record low of 1,135 million tons in terms of carbon
dioxide, government data showed.

Emissions during the one-year period through March 2023 went down 2.5
percent, or 28.6 million tons, from fiscal 2021, marking the lowest level
since comparable data became available in fiscal 1990, the Environment
Ministry said Friday.

The decline came after emissions increased in fiscal 2021 for the first time
in eight years due to an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the
ministry said.

By sector, emissions from commercial and other business establishments
dropped 4.7 percent to 179 million tons, while those from households dipped
1.4 percent to 158 million tons on the back of lower heating demand amid
higher temperatures compared with the previous year.

Meanwhile, emissions from the transport sector, including automobiles, went
up 3.9 percent to 192 million tons as demand for travel recovered.

By fiscal 2030, the Japanese government aims to cut emissions by 46 percent
from the level in fiscal 2013 and achieve net-zero emissions by fiscal 2050.

Fiscal 2022 saw a 22.9 percent drop from fiscal 2013, according to the

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