Japan's Emissions Rising
After Nuclear Crisis
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January 30, 2012
TOKYO — Japanese manufacturer’s
greenhouse gas emissions are rising after the Fukushima
nuclear power plant disaster, hurting the country’s carbon
reduction goals, a report said Sunday.
The trend will deal a blow to
Japan’s target of reducing emissions by 6% from 1990
levels between 2008 and 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol, the
Nikkei business daily reported.
Emissions by 399 leading
manufacturers are projected to rise 0.2% year-on-year to
about 388 million tons in the year to March 2012, the second
straight annual rise, according to a Nikkei survey.
Total estimated emissions for
all industries, excluding the power and gas sectors, reached
442 million tons, the report said, nearly equal to emissions
recorded in fiscal 2010.
Japan’s economic activity shrank in the wake of the March 11
earthquake-tsunami disaster and record flooding in Thailand,
which pounded the supply chains of manufacturers with
operations in the country.
But the closing of Japan’s
nuclear power plants sent emissions upwards as manufacturers
started running their own generators to secure additional
power and supply electricity to utilities, the Nikkei said.
Emissions also rose amid a jump
in resources needed to produce power through other means
such as thermal plants, the daily added.
The problem could get worse since Japan’s nuclear plants are
expected to suspend operations by April, about a year after
the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986,
the report said.