Japan’s CO2 Emissions Hit Second Highest On Record
Revised government figures which were released on Tuesday showed that greenhouse gas emission in Japan rose to its second highest on record this year. This new figures went on to point out the fact that there is a rise in coal-fired power after nuclear power plants in Japan were indefinitely closed back in 2013.
According to the new figures, which were published by Japan’s Ministry of Environment, C02 emissions increased by 1.2% to stand at 1.408 billion metric tonnes. That figure is equivalent from figures which were obtained earlier last year. That figure is up a massive 10.8% if compared to the amount of CO2 which was emitted back in 1990 and an increase of 0.8% from 2005.
The data also showed that the new figures compared to record emissions which were recorded back in 2007 of 1.412 billion metric tonnes.
All the 48 nuclear reactors which were in Japan were shut down indefinitely in 2013 following a number of safety checks which were conducted. The checks were ordered following a massive wreck that was caused on the Fukushima plant in northeastern Tokyo following a tsunami and earthquake that struck the country back in March 2011.
Japan has been forced to deal with the negative impacts which were brought about by closing the nuclear reactors. For instance, Japan now imports natural gas and coal so as to meet the demand of electricity in the country. Prior to the tsunami and earthquake nuclear power accounted for 26% of the country’s electricity generation.