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Japan Signs Off on Climate Change Plan to Meet Paris Targets

Japan’s government signed off on a set of measures ranging from energy-saving steps to a broader use of hydrogen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to meet the country’s commitments made last year at the Paris climate meeting.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to approve the plan in early May after public comment, Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said Tuesday. The goal is to cut emissions by 26 percent by 2030 using 2013 levels as a base.

“The plan will map out the path to achieve the mid-term goal of a 26 percent reduction by 2030,” Marukawa said at a news conference. “It also includes an 80 percent cut by 2050 as a long-term target.”

Japan will strengthen the development of innovative technologies, according to the plan, which also calls for local governments to compile their own measures.

“It is very significant that we can show our determination to make contributions after the Paris Agreement,” Marukawa said, referring to the international accord reached in December to tackle climate change.

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