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Japanese firms to report on climate change

July 2005

About 8000 companies will report their greenhouse gas emissions under a law passed by Japan last month in its efforts to meet the demands of the Kyoto Protocol.

From 1 April next year the companies will be legally obliged to state their emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and three alternatives to chlorofluorocarbon, and the information published by the government. These businesses, with more than 10,000 sites, account for about half of Japan's total emissions.

Kyoto requires developed countries to cut emissions of the six gases by an average of 5.2 per cent from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. Japan has to reduce its emissions by six per cent.



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