September 22, 2008

Japan Power Industry’s CO2 Emissions Up 10.5 Pct in FY ’07

Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--The volume of carbon dioxide emitted by Japanese power firms in fiscal 2007 rose 10.5 pct from a year earlier, an industry group said Monday.

The average emission amount at 10 regional electric utility firms and two power developers for the year that ended in March came to 0.453 kilogram per kilowatt-hour, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said.

The increase was attributed to a sharp growth in thermal power generation following the shutdown of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture due to a strong earthquake that hit the central Japan prefecture in July 2007, federation officials said.

They also noted thermal power generation was boosted also because of a drop in hydro plants' operation rate amid drought in some parts of the country.

The Japanese power industry aims to cut its CO2 emissions by 20 pct from the 1990 level to an average of 0.34 kilogram over the five years from fiscal 2008.END

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