U.N. welcomes Japan’s net zero emissions pledge

Oct 27 , 2020. 8 hours ago – 02:12 KYODO NEWS

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is shown during an online interview on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the United Nations)(Kyodo)

NEW YORK – U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “very encouraged” by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in his nation to net zero by 2050, the U.N. chief’s spokesman said Monday.

With the latest move, hailed as “a very significant positive development,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that “Japan, the world’s third largest economy, joins a growing group of major economies committed to lead by example in building a sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050.”

The U.N. chief now “looks forward to the concrete policy measures that will be proposed and implemented to reach this goal,” Dujarric said.

Guterres has “no doubt that Japan has all the necessary technological, financial and engineering tools to get to net zero emissions by 2050,” and is “confident that Japan will also assist developing countries to reach that same objective, including through technological assistance and its public and private financing for renewable energy,” the statement added.

Suga’s new goal on greenhouse gas emissions, unveiled Monday during his address at the Diet session, is a step forward from the government’s previous target of reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The prime minister’s pledge came as more countries seek to go carbon-free, with China announcing its plan to become carbon-neutral by 2060 at the U.N. General Assembly last month.