Math in Japan is different!

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The japanese Prime Minister Aso is fighting against attacks from around the world due to the very weak targets Japan is willing to take in a Copenhagen Agreement in December. Arguing that taking a new baseline year (2005 instead of the generally accepted 1990-level) is something more „about the future“. According to this level, Japan is doing even more than the EU and the US (numbers see below). He might forgot to mention, that it is a very much wanted effect of a new agreement, that states that were lazy the last 12 years have to do even MORE now. Japan is like a guest in a luxury-hotel, saying after three unpaid nights that he is now willing to pay for the next 3 nights and then being angry because his Tip is not warmly received. Change the hotel, Japan. Or better: pay!!!

(Source: here)

”The target we are using is for ”genuine clear water” or ”mamizu” as we say in Japanese – truly a genuine net effect of our effort to save and conserve energy. Unlike the European Union, we do not include emissions trading,” Mr. Aso says, according to the Financial Times.

Compared to the baseline year of the Kyoto Protocol, 1990, the Japanese commitment is for an eight percent reduction by 2020. This is just two percent more than the country had already committed to, and much less than the 20 percent reduction that the EU has promised for 2020. This has spurred a cascade of attacks from most other leading players in the UN climate talks. Still, Taro Aso remains unimpressed by the pressure, using 2005 as an alternative baseline year to prove his point:

”We are talking about the future. And in that context we believe that we should choose a base year that is very close to the present. We believe our figure is greater than the European Union’s 13 percent and the US 14 percent reduction vis-á-vis 2005.”

Japan, still the world’s fifth largest carbon emitter, has managed to reduce its emissions relative to growth. Thus, it will cost Japan more than other countries to achieve emission reductions, Mr. Aso argues:

”On this marginal abatement cost, I would also like to ask the EU to further their efforts so that they could get close to what we have targeted.”


Über GYGeorg

Global. Young. Green. Drei Eigenschaften von Georg, der lange u.a. bei den Global Young Greens (GYG) aktiv war und mittlerweile für den Kohleausstieg in Deutschland kämpft.

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