Carbon Neutrality

The looming challenge of climate change calls for the collective effort of all humanity to resolve. At the same time, addressing climate change can be the driving force of dynamic growth.
Japan has set its 2030 GHG emission reduction target at 46 percent from its 2013 levels, an ambitious target which is aligned with the long-term goal of achieving net-zero by 2050. By defining bold objectives befitting a future growth strategy for the nation, Japan is resolved to take the lead in achieving global decarbonization and creating a green and sustainable society.


Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)

Under the Paris Agreement, all Parties shall prepare, communicate and maintain nationally determined contributions (NDCs), representing greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, every five years. On October 22, 2021, Japan submitted its NDC to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The NDC states, "Japan aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent in fiscal year 2030 from its fiscal year 2013 levels... Japan will continue strenuous efforts in its challenge to meet the lofty goal of cutting its emission by 50 percent."

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  • Green Innovation
  • Localized Approaches
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Assistance

Green Innovation

The 6th Strategic Energy Plan

The Japanese government has updated its Strategic Energy Plan, adopting a perspective known as “S+3E” (Safety plus Energy Security, Economic Efficiency, and Environmental Sustainability). The revised plan illustrates approaches to energy policy aimed at reaching the new GHG emission targets and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.Read more [PDF]

Green Growth Strategy Through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050

To make this virtuous cycle a reality, the Japanese government formulated the Green Growth Strategy, which is the key to becoming a carbon neutral society. The strategy promotes a green growth among 14 sectors to transform industries and the broader economy. The 14 sectors include renewable energy sources like wind, alternative fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, and innovative technologies such as carbon recycling.Read more >

Supporting New Technologies with the Green Innovation Fund

As part of the Green Growth Strategy, Japan has established a fund to support the creation of new innovations that will make carbon neutrality possible. This Green Innovation Fund of JPY 2 trillion will provide continuous support for the next 10 years to companies committed to take on challenge toward achieving the ambitious goals as one of the most critical business issues. The support will include assistance for efforts ranging from R&D to demonstrations to social implementation of the outcomes.Read more [PDF]

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Localized Approaches

Regional Decarbonization Roadmap

This roadmap is a set of concrete measures and strategies for regional revitalization through decarbonization, by assisting city and prefectural governments in tackling local issues and improving regional quality of life. The roadmap will mobilize local policies over the next five years towards the following goals:

  1. The creation of at least 100 decarbonization leading areas by 2030.
  2. Prioritization of regional decarbonization, solar self-sufficiency and energy-saving housing, and spread of regional plans to neighboring communities and nationwide.

Successful plans will be adopted by neighboring localities, creating a nationwide decarbonization domino effect.

2050 Zero Carbon Cities in Japan

With a close understanding of local circumstances and needs, and the ability to enact direct changes, towns, cities, and prefectural governments are indispensable in the pursuit of carbon neutrality. So far, over 400 local governments, representing the vast majority of Japan’s population, have announced their commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.Read more >

Bilateral and Multilateral Assistance

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The GCF is a climate fund established under the UN framework Convention on Climate Change to help developing countries reduce GHG emissions and address the adverse effects of climate change. Japan is making contributions of up to USD 3 billion to the GCF, and is actively contributing to managing the GCF as a Board Member and Alternate Board Member .Read more >

Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)

Japan has been implementing the JCM with 17 partner countries since 2013. The JCM facilitates the diffusion of leading decarbonization technologies, products, infrastructure and so forth, as well as implementation of mitigation actions and contributions to the sustainable development of partner countries. Through JCM, Japanese contributions to GHG emissions reduction or removal in partner countries are evaluated in a quantitative manner and used in pursuit of Japan’s emissions reduction targets.Read more >

Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI)

To further engage developing nations in Asia, Japan is working to assist them in accelerating energy transition while still achieving rapid economic growth. One program is the Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI), which includes a variety of support for shifting energy sources in the region, allowing each nation to follow its own pathway to achieve both economic growth and carbon neutrality.Read more >

Asia CCUS Network (ACN)

The Asia CCUS Network (ACN) is a platform for policymakers, financial institutions, industry players, and academia to work together, to ensure its successful development and deployment of carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in Asia. The ACN has already conducted knowledge sharing activities on CCUS, and will contribute to knowledge sharing and improvement of the business environment for CCUS throughout Asia. Read more >