Based on the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan’s energy policy is now focused on “S + 3E”, which refers to ensuring safety, energy supply, economic efficiency and environmental conservation.
Additionally, with regard to environmental issues, from the standpoint of preventing global warming the involvement of all countries in limiting and reducing greenhouse gases has become an urgent issue. In order to respond to this situation, there is a need for both the realization of a new “energy mix” through the active introduction of renewable energy and the promotion of “thorough energy conservation.”
Furthermore, from the point of view of international contributions, it is critical that we continue to take advantage of and spread our country’s world-leading energy conservation technology and the high-level policy and institutional concept that have earned an outstanding international reputation.
For this reason, as a professional organization that has promoted energy conservation for over 35 years, ECCJ aims to strengthen its future activities while increasing its sensitivity to the myriad needs surrounding the issue of energy conservation.
Specifically, with an emphasis on topics such as the dissemination of valuable information relating to energy saving efforts, the development of a wide range of energy saving human resources and cooperation in energy saving policies, we will continue to actively support energy conservation in industry, business and homes.
Through these activities it will be possible to further improve our country’s energy conservation technology and knowledge, already at the top level of world standards, taking maximum advantage of these technologies through international cooperation and international business exchange opportunities.
Chairman of the Energy Conservation Center, Japan
Having faced two oil crises, Japan has taken steps to improve energy efficiency in both the public and private sectors and now boasts the highest level of energy efficiency in the world.
In addition to developing technology in the private sector for dramatic and thorough energy management, Japan’s introduction of the Top Runner Program, based on the Energy Conservation Law concerning the rationalizing of energy usage, has accelerated the development and introduction of energy conservation technology. Other initiatives such as “smart community” demostration projects are helping to realize energy conservation at the city level. Furthermore, in developing countries, particularly within Asia, Japan has played an active role in integrating the public and private sectors in developing human resources focused on energy conservation and institution-building based on its experience in these areas.
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• Enforcement of the Heat Management Act
• Change of energy policy from coal to oil
• Establishment of the Energy Conservation Center, Japan
• Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (the ECA) • The second oil shock
• The 1st Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held in Geneva
• The 3rd Conference of Parties (COP3) held in Kyoto
Adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, Public commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 6% (Japan)
• Enforcement of the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures
• Establishment of the system for designating Type 2 Designated Energy Management Factories
Introduction of the Top Runner Standard (enforcement of the Revised ECA)
• Introduction of the energy saving labeling system (JIS standard)
• Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol (Japan)
• Enforcement of the Basic Act on Energy Policy
• Enhancement of the measures for office buildings, etc. (Revised ECA)
• Effectuation of the Kyoto Protocol
• Establishment of the measures for transportation and the integrated control of heat and electricity (enforcement of the Revised ECA)
• Start of the 1st commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol
• Summit (G8) held in Toyako, Hokkaido
• At the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, the target aiming at 25% reduction of greenhouse gas emission was announced.
• Introduction of the system for regulating the energy use as a whole enterprise (Revised ECA)
• Due to Great East Japan Earthquake, electricity use in summer is limited, electricity saving measures are promoted
• Establishment of Center for Energy Management System Auditors Registration (CEMSAR)
• Announcement of the commitment to SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All) activities