Share

CLIMATE ACTION PROGRAMME


21 May 2012

Japan facing electricity shortfall

Electricity pylons in Japan

Japan must cut electricity consumption to avoid possible blackouts. The fall in the nation’s energy supply, after the Fukushima disaster led to the country turning its back on nuclear power, means that businesses and households must now reduce their use of electricity by 15 percent to cope with energy shortages.

A total of 50 nuclear reactors have been taken offline since the Fukushima power plant meltdown in March 2011, due to a lack of public confidence in the safety of nuclear energy. Prior to this, nuclear energy powered up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.

The call to reduce electricity consumption, which was announced last Friday, will take effect from July this year through to September. However, at present the government is simply urging the public to make this reduction; it is not mandatory.

“The government will try hard to figure out how to implement the measures decided… so that the power savings will affect the economy and people’s livelihood as little as possible,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura announced. “But I would like to repeat here our appeal to the nation to save power this summer.”

Surveys show almost all big businesses expect earnings to be affected; some are even considering moving their manufacturing overseas. However, the public’s concern over nuclear power means that the Japanese government remains averse to restarting any of the nuclear plants, despite the potentially drastic economic effects of having a scarce and expensive electricity supply, reports BBC’s Roland Buerk.

Japan’s last nuclear reactor went offline over two weeks ago. Currently no reactors have been restarted, though Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced last Thursday that there would soon be a final decision made as to whether two nuclear reactors at Kansai Electric’s Ohi nuclear plant will be switched back on.

Image: Electricity pylons in Japan | flickr kayakaya

Related Articles

blog comments powered by Disqus

NEWSLETTER

PUBLICATION

Climate Action features expert analysis and opinion and is an essential guide for businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint

Download Here Find Out More

TWITTER

CLIMATE NEWS
  • UN Report Warns Borneo's Orangutans Face Severe Threats from Land Cover and Climate Change...

    An estimated 55,000 Bornean orangutans remain in the wild, split into three distinct subspecies....

    New Lending and Investment Tool Sets Agricultural Supply Chain on Sustainable Path, Reducing...

    New research by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Natural Capital Declaration highlights the critical need to fundamentally strengthen how financial institutions view, address and manage...

    UNEP Head Launches New Resource Center for UNEP Live Data Platform...

    By integrating big data gathered from sensors embedded in smartphones with satellite data, UNEP Live can support governments to tackle climate change and at the same time help cities reduce premature...

    UNEP and Brazil Launch Research Project to Manage Mercury Risks...

    The Minamata Convention paves the way for greater international cooperation on mercury pollution and global efforts to remove a serious health and environmental threat from the lives of people across...

    Montreal Protocol Parties Move Closer to Managing Hydrofluorocarbons under Most-Successful...

    HFCs are used in the air conditioning, refrigeration, foam and aerosol sectors as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances (ODSs)...

  • Momentum gathers for international agreement to combat rogue fishing

    Some 12 countries have now completed ratification of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. The agreement comes into force when 25 countries have deposited their instrument of ratification, known as acceptance of accession

    Helping farmers and buyers build mutually beneficial partnerships

    Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures.

    New initiative looks to bring soils into classrooms around the globe

    A new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being.

    Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak

    The 2015 wheat crop is expected to be better than the 2014 drought stricken harvest, but will not lead to significant improvements in the overall household food security situation, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in their report.

    Queen Letizia of Spain visits Expo Milan

    In her first formal appearance as FAO Special Ambassador for Nutrition, Queen Letizia of Spain today visited the 2015 World Expo in Milan.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • Voting opens for the 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board

    Nairobi, 31 July 2015– UN-Habitat is now inviting young people between the ages of 16 to 32 from around the world to vote for their representatives for the 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board is a youth consultative body that advises UN-Habitat on strategies to engage young people in sustainable urban development.  […]

    The Role of Urbanization In the Structural Transformation of Africa

    UN-Habitat and The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) organized a side event on The Role of Urbanization in the Structural Transformation of Africa.  The purpose of the side event was to engage prominent African stakeholders, including representatives from member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), academics, civil society organizations and development partners in collective reflection, and […]

    Online Communications Consultant,(Nairobi),Deadline:7 August 2015

    Download PDF Version CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT                                                                                                                        Issued on: 29/07/2015 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Online Communications Consultant DURATION: 5 Months CLOSING DATE: 07/08/2015 BACKGROUND Based in Nairobi, Kenya, UN-Habitat is the lead agency within the United Nations system for cities and human settlements. UN-Habitat’s operational activities focus on reducing urban poverty […]

    PSUP Physical infrastructure projects launched as part of Phase 3 implementation in Bissighin

    Bissighin, Burkina Faso, 27 July 2015— The official launch of PSUP physical infrastructure projects took place recently in Bissighin, Burkina Faso, to mark the effective start of physical implementation of work on the ground. The launch took place amid a warm reception from Bissighin community members and was well attended by various participants from the […]

    Researcher, (Home-based / Nairobi, Kenya), Deadline 2 August 2015

    Download PDF Version CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on: 27 July 2015 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Home-based / Nairobi, Kenya FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Researcher DURATION: One year CLOSING DATE: 05 August 2015 BACKGROUND The rapid growth of corporate investments aimed at the buying of urban land is an emergent challenge to the survival of cities as […]

  • Improving Nutrition through the Private Sector

    Delivering food in emergencies. Helping communities become more self-sufficient. Encouraging education with school meals. Whatever the operation or programme, the World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to improving people’s nutrition, and the private sector has a vital role to play.​

    VoucherChef: Molokhia

    Welcome to WFP's new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's Cash And Vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

    Providing a Lifeline in Yemen

    Since fighting escalated in April, the World Food Programme (WFP), with help from partners, has assisted more than two million people in Yemen by providing over 25,000 metric tons of food assistance.

    8 Facts About Hunger In Colombia

    Did you know that approximately one in ten people in Colombia is an internally displaced person (IDP)? Here are eight facts to understand the food and nutrition situation in Colombia and the World Food Programme's (WFP) activities to address this issue. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

    My Lebanese Diaries: From the Waves of the Mediterranean to the Dust of Syrian Refugee Camps

    The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail the world, shares insights from her recent trip to Lebanon and Jordan where she sailed in the Mediterranean with a group of dynamic teens from Syria and Lebanon and visited refugee families living in camps.