TOKYO —Japan’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, reflecting a rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants.
Emissions rose 1.2% to 1.408 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent from a year earlier, according to the revised data published by the Ministry of Environment. That was up 0.8% from 2005 and up 10.8% from 1990.
That compares with record emissions of 1.412 billion tons in 2007, the data showed.
Nuclear power had accounted for 26% of Japan’s electricity generation. Its loss has forced the country to import natural gas and coal, increasing its greenhouse gas emissions.
Preliminary data in December had shown the emissions were a record high in the year ended March 2014.
The world’s fifth-biggest emitter, which in 2012 targeted a 3.8% cut by 2020 from 2005 levels, is considering reducing emissions by around 20% by 2030 as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris later this year, Japanese media reported last week.
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