An expert panel reviewing the nation’s energy strategy for the period to 2050 has proposed a number of initiatives to meet challenges stemming from radical changes in the global energy landscape. The strategy is centered on ways to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint to combat global warming. The industry ministry panel sensibly argues that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power should become the “mainstay” of energy production. Regrettably, however, its proposal remains wedded to the nation’s energy policy legacy. It is based, for instance, on the assumption that nuclear power generation will continue. As a result, the strategy fails to serve as a convincing vision for the nation’s energy future. The ideas will be incorporated into the revised Basic Energy Plan that the government intends to revise this summer. They will also constitute core components of the long-term plan to reduce Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Diet, along with related the ministries and agencies, should try to chart a path to a better future for the nation’s energy supply through debate based on a broader perspective.
Asahi Shimbun 21st April 2018 read more »