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Measures to Achieve the Kyoto Protocol Targets

Overview

<Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan>
◆Total greenhouse gas emissions for FY 2008 were 1,282 million tons.
◆Compared to the total emissions in the base years stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol (1990 for CO2, CH4, and N2O, and 1995 for HFCs, PFCs, and SF6), the total emission of carbon dioxide arising from energy increased by 1.6% due to the increase in emissions from sectors such as the operation and residential sectors.
◆Compared to total emissions for the previous fiscal year, the total emission of carbon dioxide arising from energy fell 6.4% due to the decrease in emissions from the industrial sector as well as other sectors.
<Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan>
◆The measures that need to be put in place in order to achieve the 6% reduction commitment in the Kyoto Protocol were formulated in April 2005.
◆In the Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan, it was deemed that the target achievement would be possible with the concerted efforts of the key parties in each sector in implementing the countermeasures and policies.
<Voluntary Action Plan >
Each industry sets its own target and makes an effort to achieve the target. The government evaluates/verifies the plans strictly through advisory councils, etc. in order to secure the achievement.
◆Industries choose their targets based on either 1) CO2 intensity, 2) absolute CO2 reduction amount, 3) energy intensity, or 4) total energy consumption.
Voluntary action plans are considered as the main countermeasures in the Kyoto Protocol target achievement plan in industrial and energy-conversion sectors.

(Note) 108 industry sectors established (50 industry sectors, 37 business sectors, 17transportation sectors, 4 energy conversion sector) *as of June 2009

Press Releases and Related Information

<Greenhouse Gas Emissions>
Announcement of Calculated Results of FY2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions According to the GHG Emissions Accounting, Reporting, and Disclosure System (May 23, 2014)
<Kyoto Mechanism>
Announcement of Figures for FY2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculated Under the GHG Emissions Accounting, Reporting, and Disclosure System (June 21, 2017)
Achievement of Target for Reduced Emissions during the First Commitment Period Prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol was Formally Finalized (April 5, 2016)
Achievement of Target for Reduced Emissions during the First Commitment Period Prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol was Formally Finalized (April 5, 2016)
Achievement of Target for Reduced Emissions during the First Commitment Period Prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol Has Been Confirmed (November 17, 2015)
Kyoto Mechanisms Credit Acquisition Program in FY2013 (April 1, 2014)

Resources

<Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan>
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan
http://www-gio.nies.go.jp/aboutghg/nir/nir-e.htmlExternal Site Link
<Kyoto Mechanism>
Ministry of Environment (Kyoto Mechanisms)
http://www.env.go.jp/en/earth/ets/mkt_mech.htmlExternal Site Link
Kyoto Mechanisms Information Platform
http://www.kyomecha.org/e/index.htmlExternal Site Link
The National Registry System
http://www.registry.go.jp/index_e.htmlExternal Site Link
<Voluntary Action Plan >
Follow-up to the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment
FY2011 (PDF:2.44MB)PDF File
FY2009 (PDF:3.49MB)PDF File
FY2008 (PDF:1.13MB)PDF File
FY2007 (PDF:1.18MB)PDF File

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Last updated:2017-06-21
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