South-Korea and Japan promise carbon neutrality

Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park, #451911. Description: Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada.

The Good News of the Week: South-Korea and Japan join countries who promise to become carbon neutral by 2050.

PublishedNov 6, 2020
AuthorIngvill Bryn Rambøl


A growing number of the worlds large economies promise to cut CO2 emissions to zero and become carbon neutral. Last week, South Korea promised to become carbon neutral by 2050. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the annoucment an “important step in the right direction”.

“With this announcement the Republic of Korea, the world's 11th largest economy and sixth largest exporter, joins a growing group of major economies committed to lead by example in building a sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050”, the statement said.

A few days earlier, Japan also promised that the country will get to net-zero emissions by 2050, as part of the global effort to slow the global rise in temperatures an prevent the most damaging effect on human-made climate change. . Japan is one of the world’s largest emitters of CO2, only surpassed by China, India, Russia and the US.

China, the largest CO2-emitter in the world has promised to become carbon neutral by 2060, and the European Union has also pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Countries covering 42 per cent of global CO2 emission have promised climate neutrality. But some of the largest economies and CO2-emitters are still absent from the list, among them Russia, India and the US.


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