| TOKYO, April 10
TOKYO, April 10 Japan's electric power companies
made little progress in producing low-carbon electricity and
lowering emissions in the past year, industry data showed on
Friday, mostly due to an outage at a nuclear power plant.
The data increases the likelihood that Japanese power firms,
factories and companies will have to buy more carbon offsets
from abroad to help Japan to meet its commitments under the
Japan's commitments depend largely on the electric power
sector's efforts to make electricity low carbon by using more
non-fossil fuels and producing 20 percent less carbon dioxide
emissions per kilowatt hour than 1990/1991 levels.
Japan's 12 electric power companies produced 0.45 kg CO2 per
kilowatt hour in the year to March 2008, preliminary data by the
Federation of Electric Power Companies showed.
That compares with 0.453 kg a year ago, against the sector's
target of 0.34 kg over the five years to March 2013 from 0.417
kg in 1990/1991.
Tokyo Electric Power Co's (9501.T) 1,356-megawatt No.7
reactor at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, the world's
largest, has been closed since July 2007 after a powerful
The industry data is being closely watched. 2008/2009 was
the start of Japan's five-year plan under the Kyoto Protocol,
the U.N.-led global climate pact under which many nations aim to
The electric power sector's CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour
is used as a basis to calculate emissions at offices and
factories from their power consumption. [ID:nT299251]
The sector's voluntary target is not legally binding, but it
considers it a commitment and has said it would make up any
shortfall with U.N. approved emission credits from abroad or
(Editing by Sue Thomas)