Policy & Regulation

Japanese environment minister pressures Chubu over new coal power plant

Japan’s environment minister, Koichi Yamamoto, has urged Chubu Electric Power Co. to reconsider its plans for a major new coal-fired power plant.
By Staff reporter 1 August 2017 0 27008

Japan’s environment minister, Koichi Yamamoto, has urged Chubu Electric Power Co. to reconsider its plans for a major new coal-fired power plant amid concerns that the country will not be able to meet its emissions reduction targets, according to Reuters.

Yamamoto warned Chubu that its plan for a 1.07 GW coal-fired plant should be re-examined if the company cannot outline concrete steps to cut its carbon emissions by 2030.

The Environment Ministry holds an advisory role, with approval of the plant resting with the Ministry of Economy,...