Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy elaborated the future direction of the energy saving measures that would be implemented in Japan, forming the basis for future policies and measures. The new strategy highlights three action fields: tightening regulations, increasing support measures, and improving information and dissemination. Within these fields various measures are envisaged as follows: 1. Tightening of regulations - Introducing company-based energy management; this will involve a revision of the legal structure to incorporate company-based energy management in addition to the factory-based energy management regulations currently in place under the Energy Conservation Act. These will designate energy savings as a key feature of business management. In addition, energy management will be applied across franchise chain stores (such as convenience stores), whereby the entire chain of stores will be considered as one unit. This will effectively increase the number of facilities covered by the Energy Conservation Act in the industrial/commercial sectors, currently at 10%. - Introducing sectoral benchmarking; this will be initiated to provide an objective evaluation and easy visualization of energy savings in major industrial sectors. For example, the energy consumption amount per ton of crude steel in the iron and steel industry (blast furnace) and the energy consumption amount per floor area in office buildings. - Improving the energy efficiency of houses and buildings; current regulations will be imposed on houses and buildings smaller than 2000 m2, while those for larger houses and buildings (over 2000 m2) will be enhanced. Energy efficiency labeling will be improved, both in its evaluation and presentation, to make it easier to understand to consumers. - Expansion of the Top Runner Programme; to include industrial equipment such as complex machines, industrial refrigerators and showcases, adding to the 21 products currently designed as programme targets. 2. Improvement of support - Establishing "Joint Energy Saving Business" by multiple companies ; energy conservation measures made collaboratively between both small and large companies, and in industrial complexes, will be considered a "Joint Energy Saving Business". A system to evaluate these efforts has been established. - Enhancing support for energy saving measures, focusing on smaller companies, the industrial and household sectors: •Promotion of energy saving efforts in smaller companies using both the Energy Audit and ESCOs •Promotion of energy-saving buildings, through measures such as the improvement of the Tax Scheme for Promoting Investment in the Reform of the Energy Demand-Supply Structure (see entry 4029). •Promotion of widespread use of highly efficient household water heaters and renovation for energy conservation, through for example the House Energy Saving Renovation Tax System. - Promoting innovative technology development; specifically for energy conservation, such as for example the use of hydrogen reduction in iron making. 3. Enhancement of dissemination, information and public involvement - Establishing a "Energy-Efficient Household Appliance Promotion Forum". - Promoting the Lo-House concept to raise people?s awareness and knowledge of energy conservation. - Implementation of Eco Driving.

This record is superseded by:Basic Energy Plan (2014)

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