January 3, 2021

Japan aims to eliminate gas-powered vehicles in 15 years

Japan aims to eliminate gas-powered vehicles in 15 years


(WVLT/CBS) As part of an ambitious plan to be carbon-free by 2050, Japan aims to eliminate gas-powered vehicles within 15 years.

CBS News reports that the “green growth strategy” urges utilities to bolster renewables and hydrogen while calling for auto industries to go carbon-free by the mid-2030s.

The new plan projected a 30 to 50 percent increase in electricity demand and called for a push to triple renewables. However, CBS reports that it is unclear whether the country’s president can interests vested in weaning Japan, which is resource-poor, off reliance from imported oil and gas.

The plan identified 14 industries, such as offshore wind, as a roadmap for each industry sector, and it is expected to provide tax incentives and other support to encourage investment in green technology.

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