Transition to renewable energy generation to mitigate climate change: implication on Japanese energy policies

Author(s): Vaibhav S. Pujari, Bade Shrestha
Western Michigan University,1903 Western Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 9, no. 3, May 2020: pp. 705-712
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.9.3.705-712

Abstract: The trend of dependency on fossil fuel is not down globally. Therefore, measures are needed to be taken in the direction of developing renewable energy sectors as a means to transit from conventional fuels to eco-friendlier options, particularly in the light of the global warming concern. Japan mostly depends on other countries for their energy supply of fossil fuels. Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the fossil fuel and the nuclear energy sector shared 88% of the total energy production of Japan. This contribution presented as an ongoing research, the challenges and opportunities to adopt renewable energy sources as going forward including adaptation of zero emission vehicles in Japan. The three scenarios were considered for decreasing dependency on fossil fuels for power generation in Japan including the effects of introduction of electric vehicles on the power generation sector. Solar and wind power generation sources were the two major renewable power generation sectors that have been mainly focused to push the share to 50% of the total energy generation by year 2050.The objective is to make Japan’s entire energy generation system pragmatically as clean as possible over the next 30 years.

Keywords: Air pollution, Japan Energy policies, renewable energy, solar, wind, climate change, zero emission
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