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Japan's 2050 Net Zero Greenhouse Emissions Pledge

Date and Time
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. EDT


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Earlier this month, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report outlining its findings on the human impact on the world's climate. The results were not promising. Global temperatures have continued to rise and with it, the world has been witnessing more extreme weather patterns as climate systems are altered. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the report "a code red for humanity." Already, over half of the world's countries are participating in the Net Zero Coalition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In his first policy address to the National Diet, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that Japan would meet this goal in 2050. Some would call this an ambitious pledge to accomplish, and he has since announced an interim goal of getting halfway there by 2030.

The Asia Society will a conversation with Waseda University's Toshi Arimura, the Renewable Energy Institute's Mika Ohbayashi, the Institute for Future Initiatives' Masahiro Sugiyama, and Asia Society Policy Institute Senior Advisor for Sustainability Jackson Ewing, and share their recommendations on how Japan can best mobilize to fulfill that pledge.