Japan commits to 100% electric passenger cars by 2050
Japan has announced a commitment to make all passenger cars produced in the country electric by 2050.
The goal was outlined at a committee held by economic ministers and attended by prominent Japanese automakers including Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The panel stated that it will also aim to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of all passenger vehicles by 90% by 2050, from the 2010 figure.
The committee was held to plan out the country’s future within the automotive sector, with the Japan Times stating that the group also plans to discuss long-term, ethical sourcing. This will include ensuring cobalt, a key element in the electric car manufacturing process, is sourced from areas not associated with child labour or conflict.
In fact, an entire new industry organisation is being set up to allow automakers to collaborate in cobalt procurement, and the committee is also committing to the purchase of clean materials within the supply chain.
According to Energy Live News, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko said: “Japan would like to contribute to achieve zero emissions on a global scale by spreading electric vehicles worldwide. That’s a goal only Japan, home to the top level of auto industry, can set.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.