Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai)

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Tokyo, Japan

Climate Lobbying Overview: Japan Association of Corporate Executives’ (Doyukai) positions and engagement with climate policy in Japan appears to have evolved over the last 2-3 years, becoming increasingly more supportive.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its position statement published in 2019, Doyukai appears to be supportive of a “net zero” GHG emission target in Japan by 2050. They also appear to be supporting “game-changing” measures to meet the Paris-goals, highlighting measures such as abolition of coal plants by 2030 and ban on petrol vehicles by 2040 implemented elsewhere in the world.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2019, Doyukai appears to communicate a relatively supportive position specifically on a ‘carbon consumption tax’ but also stresses the need for further discussion on carbon tax.
In 2021, in a press conference, the chair of Doyukai, Kengo Sakurada, appear to show mixed support towards carbon tax with the exception that it was not placed at the point of production but at mid to upstream product cycle. On renewable energy legislation, Doyukai appears to be supporting the relaxation and reform of any regulation that maybe limiting renewable energy production and access, as stated in its 2020 position statement on the energy mix. In its response to METI’s consultation on the energy mix in 2018, Doyukai stated the need for system reform for renewable energy production to be viable as a business, without the need to rely on the FIT scheme.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In 2020, Doyukai stated support for increasing renewable energy ratio in the energy mix to 40%, including 30% from solar and wind by 2030. In a public consultation response to METI’s proposed Energy mix strategy in 2018, Doyukai also communicated in support of moving away from coal as baseload energy, due to uncertainty in its future potential due to climate change. In the same statement, Doyukai has sated some support for nuclear power as a medium-term solution in meeting the net-zero emissions target, while reducing reliance in the long term in favor of renewables. They also stated support for the development of infrastructure, investments and other systems to support the use of zero carbon/green hydrogen, created from the surplus energy created by renewables.
On the other hand, in its 2019 position statement, Doyukai appears to support the export of Japan’s high efficiency coal power plant technology to support developing countries’ energy security and emission reduction target.

Industry Association Governance: Doyukai appears to have disclosed its board and company memberships. Doyukai has disclosed some of its positions on climate change policies relevant to its operations and has detailed engagement activities undertaken to influence these policies. It also has a dedicated webpage regarding its climate change positions and direct engagement on climate relevant policy issues.

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