Achieving Net-Zero by 2050
～ Charting pathways to contribute to global issues ～
In order for Japan to achieve decarbonization (net zero greenhouse gas emissions), a drastic change in the socio-economic system built upon broad discussions is necessary. Japanese companies and the University of Tokyo’s Center for Global Commons launched the ETI-CGC (Energy Transition Initiative – Center for Global Commons) on November 5, 2021, as a platform of industry-academia collaboration to develop Japan’s pathways to achieve decarburization.
The ETI-CGC is driven by the following five principles:
- We will safeguard the sustainability of our environment, the Global Commons. To this end, we will chart pathways to reduce Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.
- Capitalizing on findings and scientific insights across the world and in Japan, we will study pathways compatible with local circumstances in order to achieve carbon neutrality, while safeguarding well-being and wealth.
- With these pathways, we aim to become an international model case for countries with unique local circumstances and subsequently make contributions to the carbon neutrality of the entire world.
- We will consider the implementation of the pathways an opportunity to transform Japan’s industrial structure and economic/social system as well as our behavioral pattern towards the future. We will also discuss how we can take advantage of this opportunity.
- We will make policy proposals and take a leadership role in stimulating discussions on a broader basis.