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Nuclear reactors still in consideration for "Green Future" of Japan

A door was left open for the nuclear reactors by an influential Japanese energy panel to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


Devdiscourse News Desk 10 Apr 2018, 03:27 PM Japan
  • Fossil fuel accounted for 83 percent of the energy mix in March 2017 for Japan. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A door was left open for the nuclear reactors by an influential Japanese energy panel to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The panel urged that the development of the technology will help in the creating of economical and safer nuclear reactors.

The advisory panel insisted that Japan should reduce its dependency on Nuclear and to meet the carbon emission target by 2050, the country should focus on other forms of energy like gas and renewable energy. However, nuclear is still on the list, as an option, for decarbonization in 2050.

This indicates that the county might turn to nuclear power plants in future, which at present are not possible due to current policy constraints by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Shogo Tanaka, Director of the ministry’s energy strategy office has said that the report does not specifically talk about the possible building of new reactors or replacing existing reactors, but it does not deny such a possibility either.

The country has set the target of emission reduction by 80 percent by 2050 and by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels. The current aim of the country with regards to the electricity mix is 20-22 percent from nuclear, 56 percent from fossil fuels and 22-24 percent from renewables.

Fossil fuel accounted for 83 percent of the energy mix in March 2017 for Japan. Nuclear’s contribution was just 2 percent, while renewable contributed 15 percent.   

As a shift from coal is recommended, it also came with a recommendation of working towards developing high-efficiency thermal power technology to reduce emissions.

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