Japan’s Coal “Fade-out” and Decarbonisation Policy

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UN Secretary-General Guterres said “Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” At the COP 26, the world was divided into the coal phase-out countries and the phase-down countries.

On the other hand, Japan adopts “fade-out” policy and maintains “highly efficient” coal power. In addition, the government of Japan promotes ammonia as carbon-free fuel and tries to make a switch from coal. This material explores challenges and difficulties behind the coal-ammonia co-firing policy.