Several means exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, including development of new technologies, transitioning to renewable energy and voluntary energy conservation. In addition to these efforts, there is growing interest in offsetting residual emissions that are inevitably emitted despite reduction efforts through the use of carbon credits.
The requirements under the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace (APFPCA) are currently applicable only to companies with more than 300 regular employees. However, thanks to a recent revision, they will apply to companies with more than 100 regular employees from 1 April 2022. An amendment to the Child and Family Care Leave Act will also become effective on 1 April 2022. These changes stem from the same root as those made to the APFPCA — the goal of creating working environments that enable employees of both genders to participate and advance equally.