Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF)

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Tokyo, Japan
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Despite indicating some degree of support in the recent years for the Japanese NDC target and GHG emission reduction within the sector, the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) appears to be actively lobbying against climate change policy in Japan.
In a 2016 policy proposal, JISF appears to have opposed Japan's GHG emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, and advocated to policy makers to delete clauses from the legislation pertaining to a long-term emissions target of 80% by 2050. In 2019, in a response to METI consultation on the Long-Term Strategy (LTS) under the Paris Agreement as a Growth Strategy, they appear to support less ambitious response to climate change, suggesting climate change mitigation should not be placed above other SDG goals but be considered on level field to the wider issues highlighted. However, in 2018 through an position statement, JISF indicated they are planning for GHG reduction of the industry for 2030 and beyond. The Japan Iron and Steel Federation have communicated opposition to a Japanese carbon tax through a petition and a policy proposal to the Japanese government for tax reform in 2016. In 2019 they continued to 395438 oppose carbon pricing which was voiced through their attendance at Ministry of Environment’s committee meetings and in a public comment submitted to METI’s public consultation on LTS. JISF has also consistently opposed a renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT), stating that it is damaging for the Japanese steel industry and has called for its abolishment in policy position papers in 2014 and 2015, as well publishing a public facing poster in 2019. In 2019 they lobbied the Government through the submission of a joint position paper to the METI, suggesting FIT is increasing cost of energy while giving unfair advantage to renewable energy providers and asking for a review of the scheme.
Although JISF does appear to have recognized the importance of transitioning towards cleaner energy sources, it believes Japan has no choice but to continue using fossil fuels. In 2019, JISF responded to METI’s consultation on LTS, suggesting cost of energy should be a key consideration when implementing a Paris aligned energy mix. JISF appears to support hydrogen but with major exception that cost is competitive to other sources of energy including fossil fuels.
JISF is also on the executive committee of Japan's clean coal day, an event promoting an on-going role for coal in the world’s energy mix.

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Climate Science Transparency NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance 0 NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation NS NS NA -2 NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support 1 NS NA NS NS 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -2 -2 NA -1 NS -2 NA NA
Emissions Trading -2 NS NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards -1 NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -2 NA -1 NS -2 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 NS NA -1 -1 NS NA NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 -2 NA 0 NS NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 1 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS