On Monday, October 26, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision of the authorities to completely eliminate greenhouse emissions by 2050. This is a step up from the previous goal of the Japanese government to reduce emissions by 80 percent in 30 years.
“In making this decision, Japan, the world's third largest economy, has joined a growing group of major economies aspiring to become leaders in building a green, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050,” said the Secretary General UN Antonio Guterres.
On Wednesday, October 28, South Korea joined Japan. President of this country Moon Jae In announced his intention to end Korea's total dependence on coal and switch to renewable energy sources.
"This is a very positive step in the right direction, following Korea's decision to steer the country on a Green New Deal, which was announced in July," the UN chief said in a statement. Recall that in July, the South Korean authorities announced a whole package of measures for the transition to a "green" economy, which, like similar measures in many other countries, was called the "New Green Deal".
Earlier, the EU countries announced their intention to achieve zero emissions by 2050. And in September of this year, the Chinese authorities announced that they intend to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
It should be made clear that carbon neutrality and zero emissions mean that the amount of emissions produced does not exceed the amount of carbon that is absorbed by forests and oceans.