TOKYO May 22 Japan, seeking to promote
renewable energy as it struggles with the world's worst nuclear
crisis in decades, may this week announce a plan to make solar
panels compulsory on the roofs of all new buildings by 2030, the
Nikkei newspaper said on Sunday.
The plan may be included in a statement on energy policy by
Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G8 summit of developed nations,
the paper said. The summit, to be held in Deauville in northern
France, begins on May 26.
In his opening remarks at the summit, Kan will tell other
leaders Japan intends to continue to use nuclear power after
improving safety standards, the paper said.
But he will also emphasise efforts to boost the use of
renewable energy by encouraging technological advances and more
widespread use, the Nikkei said.
Engineers are still battling to control the crisis at Tokyo
Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant, where the
massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling
systems, causing radiation leaks and starting the world's worst
nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. [ID:nL4E7GL040]
The final content of Kan's G8 speech will be decided at a
meeting at the prime minister's residence on May 23 and 24, the
Kan, battling low support rates, has pledged a blank-slate
review of Japan's current energy policy, which aims to boost
nuclear power to more than 50 percent of electricity supply by
2030 as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
But he will not announce any new energy targets at G8,
because the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is
still far from resolution, the Nikkei said.
(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)