Japan’s National Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fiscal Year 2009(The Preliminary Figures)

Japan’s National Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fiscal Year 2009
(The Preliminary Figures)

The Ministry of the Environment summarized Japan’s National Greenhouse
Gas Emissions (the preliminary figures) in fiscal year (FY) 2009.

Japan’s total greenhouse gas emissions in FY 2009 (the preliminary figures1 ) were 1,209 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents.

They decreased by 4.1 % compared to those of the base year2 under the Kyoto Protocol (FY 1990 for CO2, CH4, N2O and calendar year (CY) 1995 for HFCs, PFCs, SF6).

They decreased by 5.7% compared to those of FY 2008 as a result of decreased energy-origin CO2 emissions from all the sectors including the Industries sector.

The primary reason for the emission reduction in FY 2009 as compared to FY 2008 was the drop in energy demand within all the sectors including the Industries sector as the result of the severe economic recession induced by the financial crisis and of the reduction of CO2 emissions intensity of electric power generation because of the increase in the equipment utilization rate for nuclear power plants.

1 Concerning the estimation of the preliminary figures: The estimation of the greenhouse gas emissions is based on annual data from a variety of statistics; however, some of these data are not yet available. For those data, which FY 2009 values are not available, the FY 2008 values were used to estimate the preliminary figures. Therefore, there may be some errors in the preliminary figures reported here compared to the final figures to be reported in April 2011.

2 Concerning the relationships with the Kyoto target: The value “4.1% decrease” does not take into account either the promotion of forest carbon sink measures or the Kyoto mechanisms; therefore, this value and Japan’s Kyoto target “-6%” can not be directly compared.

Attached File:

December 27, 2010

Ministry of the Environment
Government of Japan

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan
National Institute for Environmental Studies