Good News and Bad News about Drop in CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2009 / No Comments

There’s good news and bad news about a 10% drop in CO2 emissions overall in FY08 in Japan.

co2 japan Good News and Bad News about Drop in CO2 Emissions

The good news for the CO2 watchers is that emissions are down. Yeah, I said that. The bad news is that five major industries – steel, chemicals, oil, paper and cement — are suffering from steep production cuts.

“The five industries accounted for a quarter of Japan’s total emissions of climate warming gases in fiscal 2007.”

Japan can now say it is closer to meeting its Kyoto Protocol targets. The 10% drop translated to about 30% of the required cuts Japan needs to make. 2009 promises to bring Japan even closer…unfortunately.

Sad to say, the best (only?) way to meet targets, is to stop production.