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  • Japan’s new energy basic plan plans to reduce carbon emissions in parallel with solar and nuclear energy

    Regarding the draft of the Japanese government’s new energy mix (power generation structure) for 2030, it has entered the final coordination stage. It is estimated that the proportion of renewable energy in 2030 will increase by more than 10 percentage points to 36% to 38%, and nuclear energy will be maintained. The current 20% to 22%. Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the Japanese government hopes that by re-adjusting its energy mix, zero-emission energy sources will account for nearly 60% of the total, reducing greenhouse gas emissions during power generation.

    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan plans to propose this “Energy Basic Plan” and energy mix at the Basic Policy Subcommittee of the Comprehensive Resources and Energy Survey (Consultation Agency of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) on July 21 draft. According to the current “Energy Basic Plan”, Japan’s 2030 energy portfolio targets are 22% to 24% for renewable energy, 20% to 22% for nuclear energy, and 56% for thermal power generation.

    The draft of the “Energy Basic Plan” to be proposed this time unveils a new goal. In addition to increasing renewable energy and maintaining the proportion of nuclear energy, the proportion of thermal power generation will be reduced to 41%. Specifically, in order to achieve the new goal, a large number of solar energy will be introduced. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry recently proposed that the cost of solar power generation by 2030 will be lower than that of nuclear power, making it the cheapest way to generate electricity for the first time. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a flat land where solar panels are installed, making it difficult to achieve.

    Regarding nuclear energy, although the Japanese government hopes to maintain the current share of power generation by 2030, the premise is that all the 27 nuclear power units that private power companies have applied to restart operations can operate, while only 10 are currently in operation. The new “Energy Basic Plan” also does not record the need to build or renovate nuclear power plants. It is worrying that nuclear power generation will become less and less in the future. Japan has to achieve the goal of achieving “carbon neutral” by 2050, and the prospects remain opaque.


    Post time: Jul-23-2021