The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) has set a goal for the country to increase capacity to 140 GW by 2050, from less than 5 GW now, to meet a third of the country’s electricity demand and help it achieve its 2050 carbon neutrality target.
Offshore wind is meant to be central to Japan’s expansion of renewable energy, but progress has been delayed.
Jin Kato, President of JWPA, said: “We need to map out a clear goal to attract foreign suppliers of wind farms so that they would invest in Japan and build local supply chains here.”
JWPA said Japan, the world’s fifth-biggest CO2 emitter, should increase its offshore wind power generation capacity to 100 GW by 2050. As of the end of 2022, Japan had just 0.14 GW of offshore wind power.