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Japanese steel industry sets 2050 target for net zero CO2 emissions
A Japanese steel industry group has moved up its goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions in the industry by 50 years, with the target year now set for 2050.

The goal brings the steel producers in line with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's pledge for Japan to go carbon free by 2050.

“We agree with the government policy of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and will take on the challenge aggressively," the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) announced in a statement on Feb. 15.

In November 2018, the steel federation had set a goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2100, before the government announced its goal last autumn.

However, as the JISF has announced virtually the same efforts it plans to make to reduce the CO2 emissions as when it set the 2100 target, there seems to be little grounds for it to achieve the goal.

The steel industry emits 14 percent of all CO2 emissions in Japan and is the largest emitter among manufacturing industries.

To achieve a carbon-free industry, it is necessary to replace coke, which is used in the iron-making process, with hydrogen.

Kobe Steel Ltd. announced on Feb. 16 that it successfully reduced CO2 emissions by about 20 percent by using less coke in an iron-making experiment.


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