TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – All new homes built by major developers in Tokyo after April 2025 will be required to install solar panels under a new rule passed by the Japanese capital’s local assembly on Thursday to keep the country’s economy growing. .
The mandate, a first for a municipality in Japan, requires about 50 major builders to equip homes up to 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet) with renewable energy, mostly solar panels.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike noted last week that only 4% of buildings in the city are currently suitable for solar panels. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2030.
Japan, the world’s fifth-largest carbon emitter, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, but is facing challenges as most of its nuclear reactors rely heavily on coal-fired heat since the 2011 Fukushima accident.
“In addition to the current global climate crisis, we are also facing an energy crisis caused by the protracted war between Russia and Ukraine,” Risako Narikiyo, a member of the Tomin First no Kai political party from the Koike region, told the convention. on Thursday. “There is no time to waste.”
Japan’s consumer price inflation likely hit a 40-year high in November, a Reuters poll showed, as companies increasingly pass on higher energy, food and raw materials costs to households.
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Post time: Dec-16-2022