A panel advising Japan’s Foreign Ministry says the country can have a positive impact on the world by supporting renewable energy projects in developing nations.
The panel handed its summary of recommendations on Japan’s energy diplomacy to Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday.
Kono ordered the panel set up after the Paris climate accord went into effect. The accord provides an international framework for fighting global warming.
The panel said Japan is clearly lagging behind other countries in the move to renewable energy. It recommended switching the focus of the nation’s energy diplomacy away from securing coal and other fossil fuels.
The panel called on the government to immediately end its support for building coal-fired power plants abroad, in line with the Paris accord.
The panel also said Japan should help developing nations adopt energy-saving and renewable technologies. It urged the government to help set up global rules that promote the utilization of Japanese companies’ environmental technologies.
Commenting on the proposals, Kono said Japan should proactively respond to changing global rules. He said many nations are seriously concerned about climate change and that Japan’s diplomacy will be tested. He added that the government will discuss the recommendations.
Starting on Monday, the Foreign Ministry is hosting a 3-day meeting attended by officials of Japanese diplomatic missions in major resource-rich nations.
Attendees are expected to discuss how Japan can support the spread of renewable energy in those countries.