On Tuesday, a report published by Bloomberg estimated that Japan is the world’s second-biggest coal producer, behind the United States.
The report comes a day after the country announced that it was closing all mines, with only a handful of mines remaining open.
Japan, which has been the largest contributor to global coal consumption, has been grappling with a severe spike in carbon dioxide emissions, the second-highest in the world.
According to Bloomberg, Japan has the second largest coal reserves in the developed world behind China, with the country producing about 3.4 billion tons (4.4 million metric tons) of coal.
Japan has also the world to blame for the carbon dioxide pollution that’s been spewing into the atmosphere over the past few decades.
According, Bloomberg, the country produced nearly 400 million tons (480 million metric ton) of CO2 in 2020.
In 2020, the nation’s coal production surpassed the previous record of 4.1 billion tons set in 2007.
However, a recent study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Japan’s coal-fired power plants are not meeting the needs of the nation, as they burn more carbon dioxide than they produce.
The country has also announced that there will be no new coal plants built.
A report published on Wednesday by the Financial Times said that Japan will also stop building new coal-burning power plants in 2020, which would cut Japan’s carbon footprint by 20% by 2030.
It is estimated that by 2030, Japan’s emissions will be about 40% lower than they are today.
Bloomberg said that if the country were to continue its current trajectory of coal use, it could be able to reduce emissions by 40% by 2050, compared to today.
However the company said that it doesn’t expect the country to meet its emissions reduction goals unless it is also able to curb carbon emissions.
A country’s carbon emissions are defined as the carbon intensity of its carbon dioxide, which is the amount of carbon dioxide produced per unit of energy.
In the case of Japan, it would be estimated that the country would need to reduce its carbon emissions by 1.7 billion tons by 2030 to be within the Paris climate agreement.
Japan currently emits the most carbon dioxide in the entire world, and the country has been in the spotlight in recent years for its aggressive coal consumption.
The economy of Japan is one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific region, with about 11.7% of the world population living in the country.
According the New York Times, the world average annual CO2 emissions per person is about 4.5 tons per person.