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The time is ripe for Japan to end exports of coal-fired plants

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03.06.2020

With the global climate crisis growing graver, Japan must quickly withdraw from coal-fired power generation that emits high volumes of carbon dioxide.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will soon compile a new national strategy on infrastructure exports. His administration must closely watch the global current of decarbonization and decide on terminating export support.

Coal emits twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas, even if burned in a state-of-the-art furnace with high combustion efficiency.

With the Paris Agreement on climate change aiming for virtually zero CO2 emissions by early in the latter half of this century, the global move toward decarbonization is gaining momentum, mainly in European nations where the governments are collaborating with private enterprises.

Japan, however, is the only Group of Seven member that is still exporting coal-fired power plants to developing nations and........

© The Asahi Shimbun