Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. The is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Japan.

Japan has shown little signs of concern for the climate crisis. The country is planning to add up to 13 GW of coal power, meaning that coal may continue to supply a third of Japan’s electricity in 2030 without a further push for renewable energy. Japan is also a major funder of overseas coal-fired power plants, however an increasing number of financial companies and major trade corporations in the private sector have pledged to at least partially divest from coal. 

The country submitted a long-term climate strategy in June 2019 which showed its weak ambitions- it aims to reach net-zero emissions ‘as early as possible during the second half of the 21st century’, far from the action needed to mitigate global warming. It also makes no mention of phasing out coal power and instead proposes technologies that are not yet commercially available- carbon capture and storage and utilisation. 

However, the transport sector shows promise, with plans for near 100% of electric vehicles on the road by 2050. Energy standards for automobiles and buildings have also been raised and the country is showing an increased support for off-shore wind power.

Global Sustainability index Japan

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Japan Rankings – Policy: 123, Pollution: 20, Climate Change: 51, Oceans: 125, Biodiversity: 154, Energy: 11, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 59.