The Japanese government aims to increase the ratio of renewable sources in the energy mix to 36-38 per cent from the current 22-24 per cent in fiscal 2030, and maintain nuclear power at 20-22 per cent, according to a draft of the basic energy plan currently under review.
The goal is for energy production that does not emit carbon dioxide such as renewable energy and nuclear power to account for about 60 per cent of electricity generated in Japan.
The basic energy plan sets the direction of the nation’s mid- and long-term energy policies. In late April, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46 per cent by fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2013 levels.
Following the move, attention has focused on how the government would position renewable energy and nuclear power in the latest plan.
The government plans to release the draft on July 21. The Cabinet is expected to approve the new plan by around autumn this year after soliciting opinions from the public.
The draft estimates that the total amount of electricity to be generated in fiscal 2030 will be about 934 billion kWh. This is about 10 per cent less than the figure estimated in the current plan released in 2018, because of advances in energy efficiency in factories and office buildings, among other facilities.