Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan
Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyama, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Mr. Shinjiro Koizumi, Minister of the Environment
Mr. Taro Kono, Minister in charge of Administrative Reform
CC: Mr. Takashi Shiraishi, Chairperson and Members of the Strategic Policy Committee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy
CC: Mr. Nobuo Mimura, Chairperson and Members of the Global Environment Committee of the Central Environment Council
A Call for Climate and Energy Policies
No Fossil Fuels, No Nuclear Power, and 100% Sustainable, Renewable Energy.
The climate crisis is already a reality. The international treaty, the Paris Agreement, sets a target of limiting the average global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scientists have warned that anything above 1.5 degrees would lead to more severe climate disasters and tragic ecological collapse.
The government is currently reviewing the Strategic Energy Plan and the Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures. Prime Minister Suga has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and the two plans, which should be detailed plans to achieve this goal, must commit to 100% renewable energy to meet the 1.5°C target.
In addition, 2021 will mark 10 years since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), but damage from the accident still continues. The issue of final disposal of nuclear waste has not been solved yet and it is completely unpredictable. Instead of relying on nuclear power and uncertain technologies, it is necessary to make fundamental changes to our economy, industrial structure, and lifestyles as the responsibility of developed countries to move towards a decarbonized society. In order to leave behind a society of hope for future generations, we demand the following.
- The climate and energy policy review should be a democratic and transparent process involving the younger generation.
- The target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 should be at least 50% below the 2010 level.
- The power source composition ratios of energy mix by 2030 should be zero coal and nuclear power and at least 50% renewable energy, with energy conservation as the top priority.
- Phase out the use of nuclear power, halt any new or expanded projects and the development of advanced reactors.
- Do not rely on carbon dioxide capture and storage, which is uncertain in its environmental and social impacts.
“Four Critical Years – Act Now! Protect Our Future”
350.org Japan, CAN-Japan, Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, e-shift, FoE Japan, Fridays For Future Fukuoka, Fridays For Future Kagoshima, Fridays For Future Kyoto, Fridays For Future Nasu, Fridays For Future Osaka, Fridays For Future Shizuoka, Fridays For Future Yokosuka, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan Congress Against A-and H-Bombs(GENSUIKIN), Kiko Network, Green Alliance Japan, Greenpeace Japan, Green TEA, People’s Power Network, Protect Our Winters Japan, PV Owner Network, Spiral Club