According to The Asahi Shimbun, Japan appears on track to soon hit its target for how much it relies on renewable sources of energy.
Renewables accounted for 21.7 percent of Japan’s total power generation in 2020, according to a preliminary report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on March 15.
The government had set a goal of increasing the renewable energy ratio to between 22 to 24 percent of the overall supply mix by fiscal 2030.
Yasushi Ninomiya, a senior researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, is optimistic about the current trend, even though the increase in reliance on greener sources of power was partly driven by a drop in economic activities caused by the pandemic.
“Renewables are expected to grow further, and it is possible that the renewable power ratio will reach the 22 percent goal in 2021,” he said.
With the achievement of that goal seemingly on the horizon, it raises the prospect that the government will start to face new calls to set higher goals.
The IEA tallied the amount of power generation by power source, statistics it collects from its member nations, including Japan.
In 2020, Japan generated 12.7 percent more renewable energy than the previous year. Solar power generation increased by 14.6 percent while wind and biomass increased by 16 percent and 30.3 percent, respectively.
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