We have expanded the list of climate policies we assess company engagement with to incorporate land-use related policy, referring to legislative or regulatory measures to enhance and protect ecosystems and land where carbon is being stored. Assessments under this category are currently underweighted in terms of their contribution to the overall company metrics. This weighting will be progressively increased over the next 6 months.
We adjusted the terminology used to describe the queries running down the left-hand side of our scoring matrix and added additional explanatory text to the info-boxes. This has no impact on the scores and methodology. It has been done following user feedback to improve clarity.
Climate Lobbying Overview: The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) appears to be actively engaged on several climate changes and energy policies. It has increasingly advocated for the nuclear-specific energy transition in Japan, however, their position towards renewables or energy mix in general remain unclear.
Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: JAIF appears to have broadly positive top-line messaging on climate change. In January 2020 during the new year gathering, the chair showed recognition and support for the science of climate change. In October 2020 during the chairman’s press conference, the chairman Arai showed support on IPCC report, and emphasized that decarbonization goals cannot be achieved without nuclear power.
Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: JAIF appear to have limited engagement with climate-related regulations. During the JAIF annual conference, the chair mentioned Japan’s energy mix goal in 2030 in their speech, without stating their position on greenhouse gas targets.
Positioning on Energy Transition: JAIF appear to support energy transition, emphasizing the usability of nuclear, however their position towards other energy mix is unclear. In April 2021, during the nuclear annual event, the chair emphasized the support for nuclear as a means of energy transition in Japan.
It also emphasized the importance of nuclear energy in the future energy mix, arguing that Japan has limited room to increase renewable energy production due to the limited areas of flat land during the new year greetings in January 2022.
InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q4 2022.