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TitleCountryYearPolicy StatusPolicy TypePolicy Target
Mandatory Construction Material Standard - Top Runner ProgramJapan2013 In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Product standards Buildings, Building Type, Residential
National Electricity Saving ActionJapan2011In Force Information and Education, Information provision, Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Promotion of Zero Energy Building (ZEB) and Zero Energy Houses (ZEH)Japan2010In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies Buildings, Building Type, Residential
Housing Eco-Point SchemeJapan2010In Force Buildings, Building Type, Residential
Sectoral Benchmarking for IndustryJapan2009In Force Regulatory Instruments, Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring Industry
Eco Tax and Subsidies for VehiclesJapan2009In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Taxes Transport
Eco-Points Scheme for Green Home AppliancesJapan2009Ended Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies, Information and Education, Information provision Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Home entertainment, Residential Appliances, Cooking & Laundry
Revised Energy Conservation Act (2008)Japan2008 (some implementation 2009)In Force Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Policy Support, Policy Support, Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments, Auditing, Regulatory Instruments, Obligation schemesĀ  Industry, Industrial subsectors, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Buildings, Building Type, Industrial, Energy Utilities
Domestic Credit SchemeJapan2008In Force Voluntary Approaches, Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments, Other mandatory requirements, Economic Instruments, Market-based instruments Industry, Multi-Sectoral Policy
Thermal Insulation Performance Labeling of WindowsJapan2008In Force Information and Education, Performance Label, Comparison label, Information and Education, Information provision Buildings
Cool Earth Energy Innovative Technology PlanJapan2008In Force Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Research programme , Technology deployment and diffusion, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Demonstration project, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Research programme , Technology development, Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Comprehensive Review of Japanese Energy PolicyJapan2007 (revised 2010)In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Energy Conservation Technology StrategyJapan2007In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
National Policy Direction on Energy Conservation 2007Japan2007In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Promotion of Traffic Demand Management (TDM)Japan2007In Force Economic Instruments, Direct investment, Infrastructure investments, Information and Education, Information provision, Economic Instruments, Direct investment Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift
National Energy Conservation Promotion - New 2007 Campaigns for Further Energy EfficiencyJapan2007In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning, Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education, Performance Label, Comparison label, Information and Education, Performance Label, Endorsement label Multi-Sectoral Policy
National Promotion for Energy Efficient Home AppliancesJapan2007In Force Information and Education, Information provision, Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education, Performance Label, Comparison label, Information and Education, Performance Label, Endorsement label Residential Appliances
Energy Conservation and CO2 Reduction Actions by GovernmentsJapan2007In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Transport, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential
Energy Bank: Fund for Energy Efficiency and CO2 ReductionJapan2007In Force Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Research programme , Technology deployment and diffusion, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives Energy Utilities
Promotion of Efficient Freight of Railway TransportJapan2007In Force Economic Instruments, Direct investment, Infrastructure investments, Information and Education, Information provision Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift, Transport, Vehicle type, Heavy-duty vehicles
National Strategy to Reduce Transport CO2 EmissionsJapan2006In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Transport
Energy Conservation Policy for HousingJapan2006In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Policy Support, Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring Buildings, Building Type, Residential
National Promotion of Eco DrivingJapan2006In Force Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education, Information provision Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift, Transport, Transport, Vehicle type, Light-duty vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Passenger vehicles, Transport, Fuel
Regulation for Consigners and Transportation CompaniesJapan2006In Force Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments, Other mandatory requirements Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift, Transport, Vehicle type, Heavy-duty vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Light-duty vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Passenger vehicles
New National Energy StrategyJapan2006In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Promoting Sustainable Lifestyle and Houses: "Lo-House" PromotionJapan2006In Force Policy Support, Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education, Performance Label, Endorsement label, Information and Education, Information provision, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Tax relief, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Taxes Buildings, Building Type, Residential
Energy Conservation Frontrunner PlanJapan2006In Force Voluntary Approaches, Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Policy Support, Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments, Other mandatory requirements Transport, Multi-Sectoral Policy
Fuel Efficiency Labelling SystemJapan2004 (revised 2006)In Force Information and Education, Performance Label, Comparison label Transport, Fuel
Free Energy Audit for Large Sized CompaniesJapan2004Ended Regulatory Instruments, Auditing Industry
Premium Loans for Energy Efficient Retrofit/Construction for HousingsJapan2003In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Existing buildings, Buildings, New buildings
Subsidies for Energy Efficient Hot Water and Air Conditioning SystemsJapan2002In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Space heating
Outline for Promotion of Efforts to Prevent Global WarmingJapan2002Superseded Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Basic Act on Energy PolicyJapan2002In Force Policy Support, Strategic planning Multi-Sectoral Policy
Financial or tax incentives for energy efficient houses and buildingsJapan2002In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Tax relief, Economic Instruments, Direct investment Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Existing buildings, Buildings, New buildings, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential
Guidebook on Promoting Conservation in Industrial FactoriesJapan2001Ended Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation Industry, Industrial subsectors, Cross-industry
Promotion of Home Energy Management System (HEMS), Building Energy Management System (BEMS)Japan2001In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Lighting, Commercial, Lighting, Residential, Buildings, Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Space heating, Commercial/Industrial Equipment, Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
Green Procurement LawJapan2000In Force Economic Instruments, Direct investment, Procurement rules Transport, Vehicle type, Light-duty vehicles, Multi-Sectoral Policy, Buildings, Lighting, Residential Appliances
Energy Efficiency Labelling SystemJapan2000In Force Information and Education, Performance Label, Comparison label Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Space heating, Residential Appliances, Water heating, Residential Appliances, Computers, Residential Appliances, Cooking & Laundry, Residential Appliances, Home entertainment, Residential Appliances, Refrigeration, Residential Appliances, Other
Guidebook on Energy Conservation in BuildingsJapan2000In Force Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation Buildings, Building Type
Standby Power Reduction PolicyJapan2000In Force Voluntary Approaches, Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Policy Support, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D) Residential Appliances, Standby
Railway Infrastructure Adaptation for Freight TransportJapan2000In Force Economic Instruments, Direct investment, Infrastructure investments Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift
Catalogue of High-performance Energy Efficient AppliancesJapan2000In Force Information and Education, Information provision Residential Appliances
Energy Performance Description System for HousesJapan2000In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments, Other mandatory requirements Buildings, Building Type, Residential
Subsidies for Installation of Housing Energy Systems, Equipment, and Insulation MaterialsJapan1999In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Residential Appliances, Water heating, Lighting, Residential Appliances, Space heating
Environment and Energy Friendly Building MarkJapan1999In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Information and Education, Performance Label, Endorsement label Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Buildings, Building Type, Industrial
Investment assistance measures for Building Equipment Installation, Housing, and Retrofit ProjectsJapan1999In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Existing buildings, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Buildings, Building Type, Industrial
TeleworkJapan1999In Force Policy Support, Insitutional creation Transport, Transport systems, Modal shift
Top Runner ProgrammeJapan1999In Force Regulatory Instruments Transport, Vehicle type, Light-duty vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Passenger vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Heavy-duty vehicles, Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Space heating, Residential Appliances, Refrigeration, Residential Appliances, Home entertainment, Residential Appliances, Cooking & Laundry, Residential Appliances, Computers, Residential Appliances, Other, Residential Appliances, Standby, Residential Appliances, Ventilation, Residential Appliances, Water heating
Subsidies for NPO ActitvitiesJapan1998In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies, Information and Education, Information provision Multi-Sectoral Policy
Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan on the EnvironmentJapan1997In Force Voluntary Approaches, Unilateral Commitments (Private sector) Industry, Industrial subsectors, Cross-industry
Free Energy Audit for Small and Medium Sized CompaniesJapan1997In Force Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation Buildings
Promotion of ESCOJapan1996Unknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans, Information and Education, Information provision
Promotion of ESCOJapan1996In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans, Information and Education, Information provision, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives Industry, Industrial subsectors, Cross-industry, Multi-Sectoral Policy, Buildings, Industry
Participation in International Energy Star ProgramJapan1995In Force Information and Education, Performance Label, Endorsement label Lighting, Residential Appliances, Computers, Residential Appliances, Other, Residential Appliances, Space cooling, Residential Appliances, Space heating, Residential Appliances, Standby, Residential Appliances, Ventilation, Residential Appliances, Water heating
Energy Conservation and Recycling Assistance ActJapan1993Ended Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Research programme Industry, Industrial products, Buildings, New buildings, Buildings, Existing buildings, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Building Type, Industrial, Energy Utilities, CHP, Industry, Industrial processes, Transport, Fuel
Low Interest Loans for Building Equipment Installation Designated by Energy Conservation and Recycling Assistance ActJapan1993In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry, Buildings, Existing buildings, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential, Buildings, Building Type, Industrial
Subsidies for Environmentally-Friendly Community Energy ProjectsJapan1993Ended Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies Energy Utilities, CHP
Low Interest Loans for Cogeneration (CHP) System InstallationJapan1987In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Energy Utilities, CHP
Regulation and Standard for Housing and Building (Energy Conservation Act)Japan1980In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards Buildings, Building Type, Residential
Energy Conservation Regulation for Industry of Energy Conservation ActJapan1979 (latest revision 2005)In Force Information and Education, Advice/Aid in Implementation, Regulatory Instruments, Other mandatory requirements, Regulatory Instruments, Monitoring, Voluntary Approaches, Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector) Industry
Fuel Efficiency Standards for Vehicles - Top Runner ProgramJapan1979 (for passenger vehicles) and 2006 (for heavy duty vehicles)In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards Transport, Vehicle type, Passenger vehicles, Transport, Vehicle type, Heavy-duty vehicles
Act Concerning the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act)Japan1978In Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments, Information and Education, Information provision Multi-Sectoral Policy
Financial and tax incentives for industryJapan1975 (revised 2006)In Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans, Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Tax relief Industry, Industrial subsectors, Cross-industry, Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Buildings, Building Type, Non-residential
Subsidies for Regional Project Planning and ResearchJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies
Debt Guarantee for Regional Large-Scale Cogeneration (CHP) ProjectsJapanUnknown
Subsidies for Regional Global Warming Prevention ProjectsJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies
Subsidies for Installation of Energy Systems, Equipment, BEMS, and Insulation MaterialsJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Grants and subsidies
Residential Energy Use Research ProjectsJapanEnded Information and Education, Information provision
Low Interest Loans for Small-Medium Sized Business Petroleum Substitute Equipment InstallationJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry, Industrial equipment, Motors, Industry, Industrial processes, Industry, Industrial subsectors, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Act on Promotion of Global Warming CountermeasuresJapanIn Force Regulatory Instruments, Codes and standards, Information and Education, Information provision, Regulatory Instruments Multi-Sectoral Policy
Low Interest Loans for Small-Medium Sized Business Equipment Installation/Retrofit ProjectsJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry, Industrial subsectors, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Low Interest Loans for Efficient Energy Utilization ProjectsJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans
Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Retrofit/Construction for BuildingsJapanIn Force Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Buildings
Low Interest LoansJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans
Low Interest Loans for Factory Equipment Installation Projects Authorized by Energy Conservation and Recycling Assistnace LawJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry
Low Interest Loans for Projects and Equipment Installation Based on Energy Conservation LawJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans
Low Interest Loans for Installation and Retrofit of Production EquipmentJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry, Industrial equipment
Low Interest Loans for Small-Medium Sized Business Furnace/Boiler InstallationJapanUnknown Economic Instruments, Fiscal/financial incentives, Loans Industry, Industrial subsectors, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Industry, Industrial equipment, Boilers