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IEA advises on energy efficiency as Japan redefines national strategy

IEA Deputy Executive Director Richard H. Jones in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, all rights reserved

Deputy Executive Director applauds ambitious goals for renewables and low-energy buildings

27 March 2013

IEA Deputy Executive Director Richard H. Jones consulted with Japanese officials on the expertise and advice the Agency and its energy efficiency specialists can provide Japan on altering its systems to reduce dependency on energy imports.

Japan is redefining its national energy strategy as it continues to rebuild from the earthquake and tsunami two years ago, with the aim of tripling its use of renewables and adding to its already significant level of energy efficiency.

“While energy imports in IEA countries average 33% of primary energy consumption, Japan is the most dependent country, with 83% of its primary energy consumption imported,” Ambassador Jones said during a visit in late February.

Noting that energy expenditures exceed Japan’s outlays for education, he urged the country to redouble its already extensive adoption of energy efficiency initiatives. And he pointed out the national goal of a tripling of electricity generated by renewables.

Ambassador Jones also led IEA experts, including members of the Sustainable Building Centre at a workshop organised with the Japanese Sustainable Building Consortium, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Sessions focused on the policies and technologies for low- and zero-energy buildings.

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