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Japan's National Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fiscal Year 2012 (Final Figures)

April 15, 2014

The Ministry of the Environment summarized Japan's National Greenhouse Gas Emissions (final figures) in fiscal year (FY) 2012 in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. Total emissions in FY2012 (final figures) were 1,343 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (Mt CO2 eq.), a 6.5% increase compared to those of the base year under the Kyoto Protocol. Compared to those of FY2011, the emissions increased by 2.8%.

The five-year average for total emissions during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (FY2008-FY2012) was 1,278 Mt CO2 eq. (1.4% increase from base year), and the five-year average for removals by forest and other carbon sinks that can be used toward achieving the target was 48.7 Mt CO2 eq. (3.9% of base year) Consequently, if the Kyoto mechanisms credits are taken into account, the five-year average shows an 8.4% decrease compared to the base year; therefore, Japan will have achieved its target for the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (-6 % below base year level).


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