Environment report: Decade until FY2030 crucial for zero emissions

Japan's Environment Ministry stressed that the decade until fiscal 2030 will be a crucial time for the country to work toward the carbon-neutral society it aims to achieve by 2050.

The ministry's annual white paper was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday. It notes that climate change is evident and described the situation as a "climate crisis."

The report says the current challenge is focused on fiscal 2030, when the government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent, compared to 2013 levels.

The ministry emphasizes that actions by all members of society must be reformed and not just be an extension of previous measures. It says a change in lifestyle is necessary for each individual.

The report says local municipalities that aim to reach net zero emissions by fiscal 2030 will be designated as such and supported financially.

It says people will be encouraged to make efforts in their everyday lives, for example, by reducing food waste, making homes more energy efficient and recycling clothes.

The white paper also mentions energy security and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It explains that renewable energy is a significant domestic source of energy for Japan and notes the importance of introducing it as much as possible.

Environment Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that he wants local governments, businesses and each individual to take new steps toward achieving net zero emissions.