Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2009
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Information and Education>Information provision
Policy Target:Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Home entertainment, Residential Appliances>Cooking & Laundry
Agency:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

The concept of the scheme is that “eco” points are given to those who purchase designated eco friendly products. The scheme was introduced in Japan in May 2009 and ended in March 2011. The scheme was designed to tackle global warming alongside other important objectives such as revitalizing the national economy and promoting terrestrial digital broadcasting TVs.


Eligible Products

The eligible products included as follows:

1. Energy efficient or environmentally-friendly products;

2. Exchangeable coupons and pre-paid cards that can be used anywhere in Japan. (organizations that provide the exchangeable products under this scheme are obliged to provide some form of environmental-friendly donation);

3. Products which are beneficial to the regional economy


Eligibility Standard

To be eligible, product’s energy efficient level had to be over the “Four-Star” level certified under the “Unified Energy Conservation Label”. For the second year of the program, the eligibility level was increased and the eligible level was set higher at “Five-Star” level. The scheme for green home appliances ended in March 2011, but now the new scheme started targeting energy efficient construction of houses. 

Last modified: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:08:58 CET