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Present Status and Promotion Measures for the introduction of Renewable Energy in Japan

Importance of Renewable Energy

  • Renewable energy
    • contributes to solving global warming
    • reduces import dependency through energy diversification (energy security)
    • contributes to creating new industries and jobs
  • Records and targets of Japan’s renewable energy introduction are comparable to those of other major nations.
  • Technology is Japan’s edge and introduction needs to be further expanded through technological development and promotion measures.
  • However, the introduction of renewable energy systems always involves issues, such as output instability, high costs, and site constraints.

? Share of renewable energy in final energy consumption (2005) and goals (2020) of different countries/regions

Share of renewable energy in final energy consumption 2005 and goals 2020 of different countries/regions

* Note: The figure indicates the ratio of final energy consumption
   The ratio of renewable energy to primary energy supply in Japan is 5.9%(2005).
* Japan’s renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2020 includes air thermal energy, etc.
* Source: Compiled by METI on the basis of documents released by each country.

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