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Japan announces plan to eliminate gas-powered cars in 15 years

Goal is part of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Updated: December 25, 2020 - 10:17am

Japan announced Friday it is working toward eliminating gas-powered vehicles within about 15 years as part of a larger initiative to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.

The announcement came one day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed his country's commitment to become carbon-free in a Christmas Eve speech.

"Even in the 'post-corona' age, we will continue to work hard to realize environmental measures and a decarbonized society as well as a stable energy supply," Suga pledged.

The Green Growth Strategy released Friday offered a blueprint to generate $2 trillion in growth in green business and investment, including tax incentives and a $19 billion "green fund" for industry.

It focused on increasing reliance on renewable energy and hydrogen and reducing the auto industry's reliance on carbon-based fuels, according to the Associated Press.

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