The International Energy Agency launched a new report about Global energy-related CO2 emissions, which refers to the increase of 321 megatonnes (Mt) in 2022 to a new high score of over 36.8 gigatonnes (Gt). The increase was lower than previously projected, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report on Thursday.
CHINESE President Xi Jinping during chairing the third group study session of the Political Bureau of the 20th CPC Central Committee on Tuesday has called for strengthening basic research to consolidate the country's self-reliance and strength in science and technology.
IEA Executive Director Faith Birol had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan in Paris that covered the challenges of the global energy crisis and climate change. At the meeting, they discussed ways to ensure the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in May addresses these concerns effectively and how the IEA can support the response by governments throughout Japan’s G7 Presidency this year.
Dr. Birol commended Japan’s continued work towards achieving carbon neutrality despite the difficulties posed by the ongoing global energy crisis. He noted that the current energy market turmoil has encouraged stronger efforts to accelerate clean energy transitions in many regions of the world, including in Japan with its Green Transformation program.
Prime Minister Kishida underscored the need for global progress on both energy security and decarbonization. He outlined Japan’s commitment to further renewable energy deployment, ongoing energy efficiency measures, increasing the role of nuclear power in the mix by restarting nuclear power plants, and developing emerging options including hydrogen and ammonia. Discussions also focused on how to advance clean energy transitions in developing economies, particularly those in Asia, and how Japan can bridge the diverse economic interests across the region.
Prime Minister Kishida was in Paris as part of a tour of Europe and North America to prepare for Japan’s G7 Presidency.