Toward the realization of a carbon-free society, the government is aiming to raise the target for the amount of hydrogen used as the next-generation energy to 20 million tons in 2050, which is 10 times the current amount.

The government plans to finalize a plan that incorporates goals in various fields such as hydrogen, automobiles, and offshore wind power at the end of this month, and plans to proceed with discussions in the future.

The government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero overall by 2050.

To achieve this, the government is considering new goals for expanding its introduction, saying that the utilization of hydrogen, which does not emit carbon dioxide at the power generation stage, is indispensable.

Currently, the amount of hydrogen used is about 2 million tons per year, mainly for fuel cell vehicles, but according to the people concerned, by promoting the utilization of thermal power generation as fuel and the spread of fuel cell vehicles including trucks, 2030 In 2050, it will increase to 3 million tons, which is 10 times the current level, or 20 million tons.

In addition, consideration is being given to expanding offshore wind power generation from 30 million to 45 million kW by 2040 and eliminating gasoline-powered vehicles from new vehicles in the mid-2030s.

The government plans to compile an action plan at the end of this month, and plans to proceed with final discussions at the "Green Innovation Strategy Promotion Conference" held on the 21st of the week.