Japan will need to move quickly to make headway on the steep emissions reductions that are required to achieve its recently announced ambition of reaching carbon-neutrality by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on 4 March in its latest in-depth review of the Japan’s energy policies. Nearly a decade after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan has made real progress towards developing a more efficient, resilient and sustainable energy system, IEA said. It has embarked on major reforms of its energy market and diversified its energy mix. Energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen thanks to the expansion of renewable energy, the restart of some NPPs and energy efficiency gains. However reliance on fossil fuels still remains high at nearly 90% of energy supply. “Japan needs to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies, remove regulatory barriers and increase competition in its energy markets if it is to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050, said Dr IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
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