|Policy status:||In Force|
2003, 2004, 2010
|Policy Type:||Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label|
|Policy Target:||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|
|Agency:||Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)|
An appliance standard and labeling program is the major energy efficiency policy tool to increase the efficiency of electrical appliances in Japan. In addition to the regulatory appliance standard program, there are two key energy efficiency label programs targeting electrical appliances: “Energy Efficiency Label” and “Unified Energy Conservation Label”.
Provision of energy efficiency information on electric appliances is a required action for product manufacturers, importers, and retailers and the Energy Conservation Act prescribes the “obligation to make effort in providing information to general consumers” (Article 80 in the Act).
1. “Energy Efficiency Label”
The labeling has two colors in which an orange label demonstrates that the product doesn’t achieve the target standards set out in the Energy Conservation Act (Top Runner standard), whereas a green label demonstrates that the product achieves the Top Runner standard. With the additional information such as the target achievement rate being presented adjacent to the label, this will help consumers recognize which energy efficiency level the product is in.
The labeling program is voluntary and its description and procedures are defined under the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS).
The current number of the target product items is as follows (21 items):
Air conditioners, Electric refrigerators, Electric freezers, Fluorescent lights, Electric toilet seats, TV sets, Computers, Magnetic disks units, Space heaters, Gas cooking appliances, Gas water heaters, Oil water heaters, Electric rice cookers, Microwave Ovens, DVD recorders, Routers, Electric water heaters (Heat pump type water supply system), AC motors, Self-ballasted LED lamps and switching devices.
2. “Unified Energy Conservation Label”
In addition to the above “Energy Efficiency Label”, a new labeling concept has been introduced since 2006. This new label is called a “Unified Energy Conservation Label”. This label is different from the first-introduced label in that this label has a concept of energy efficiency comparison by a means of star rating. The label presents the product is more efficient if it has more stars. Also, the label has to carry the cost information of the expected electricity cost or fuel usage.
The current number of the target product items is as follows (6 items) (as of 2015):
Air conditioners, Electric refrigerators, Electric freezer, Electric toilet seats, TV sets, and Fluorescent lighting.
Other than those there is “Simplified labeling system” which display achievement ratio, annual electric consumption and annual standard electricity charge etc. The current number of the target product items is as follows (8 items) (as of 2015): Electric rice cooker, Microwave oven, DVD recorder, LED lamp, Video-cassette, Gas cooking appliances, Gas water heaters and Oil water heaters. The base unit cost of electricity is set at 27JPY/1kWh.
Last modified: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:55:17 CEST