Nikkei. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called for a global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 50% from current levels by 2050.
He made the proposal at The Future of Asia, a conference sponsored by Nikkei Inc.
Abe’s proposal marked the first long-term global warming initiative by the leader of an industrialized nation. With the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions reduction targets set to end in 2012, he seeks to encourage the creation of a successor international framework.
He plans to ask countries attending next month’s Group of Eight summit in Heilingendamm, Germany, for their cooperation in slashing greenhouse gas emissions. There, he plans to lobby to have this included in the G-8’s joint statement.
Success will require new technologies and widespread participation, the Prime Minister said. He urged a flexible and diverse framework that takes into account each country’s circumstances and noted the need to balance environmental protection and economic growth.