Japan to work hard to cut coal power generation

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu says the country will work hard to reduce coal-fired power generation as much as possible.

Matsuno was speaking to reporters on Monday about the agreement at the COP26 UN climate conference in Britain. It includes a commitment to limiting increases in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But the wording on cutting coal use was changed from "phase out" to "phase down."

Matsuno said it is an important achievement to have reached agreement on key topics, including guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord.

He said Japan will keep working hard to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and will lead international efforts to create a carbon-free society.

Matsuno also said that the agreement on coal-fired power generation is in line with Japan's domestic policy. He said each country has a different situation on energy, and it is important for Japan to use a range of energy sources under the current circumstances.

Matsuno stressed the need to reduce the ratio of coal-fired power generation while securing a stable supply of electricity.

He added that Japan will promote its project for creating a carbon-free society by 2050, utilizing fuel sources such as hydrogen and ammonia.