Energy Policy – substance wins over style: http://bravenewclimate.com/2013/02/04/energy-policy-substance-wins-over-style/
..."On 14 September 2012, Japan’s government announced a nuclear-free
policy to phase out its nuclear power generation by 2040. Of course,
electricity demand would have to be supplied by both renewable energy
and fossil fuels to respond the public unwillingness for nuclear power.
But is this most environmentally sound, safest and economically
rational aim? In a new paper we’ve just had published in the
peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy, we set out to test Japan’s
intentions the best way we know – using empirical data and robust
scenario modelling. Before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami,
Japan produced 25% of its total electricity consumption from nuclear
power, 63% from fossil fuels (mostly coal and liquefied natural gas),
and 10% from renewables (including hydro). Originally, the Japanese
government had planned to increase nuclear power up to 45% of supply,
and include new renewables builds, to combine to make major cuts in
greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and meet or exceed their Kyoto targets.
However, the original plan could reduce emissions by the energy sector
from 1122 Mt CO2e in 2010 to < 720 Mt CO2e by 2030 (< 70% of 1990
emission levels). After the accident, the National Policy Unit in
Japan hinted that the original plan was likely to be scrapped in favour
of a new scenario, whereby the nuclear target was to be reduced to
somewhere between 0–35% and the renewables target increased to 20–30%.
These new plans, obviously, will not be able to meet the original
emission reduction targets (Cyranoski, 2012; Normile, 2012). Our paper
examines the implications of these different energy mixes."
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