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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyCabinet Decision to Enforce the Order for Enforcement to Define Additional Equipment Subject to the Top Runner Program under the Energy Saving Act

On October 22, 2013, the Cabinet decided to enforce the Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (hereinafter referred to as the “Energy Saving Act”).

The revision aims to additionally define AC motors and LED lamps as equipment that is particularly necessary to improve the rational use of energy, pursuant to the provision of Article 78 of the Energy Saving Act.

1. Details of the revision

Addition of equipment subject to the Top Runner Program (Articles 21 and 22 of the Order for Enforcement)

  • The revised provision additionally defines AC motors and LED lamps which satisfy predetermined requirements as equipment that is particularly necessary to improve the rational use of energy specified in the provision of Article 78 of the Energy Saving Act (top-runner products).
  • Manufacturers and other entities of top-runner products that are subject to recommendations and orders under the Energy Saving Act should satisfy the requirement that they manufacture or import 1,500 or more products regarding AC motors or 25,000 or more products regarding LED lamps.

2. Future schedule

Promulgation: Friday, October 25, 2013
Enforcement: Friday, November 1, 2013

Reference: Top Runner Program

Concerning equipment that is particularly necessary to improve the rational use of energy, pursuant to the provision of Article 78 of the Energy Saving Act, this program aims to define criteria for the energy-saving performance of such equipment, which manufacturers and other entities should achieve during the target fiscal year. The criteria for currently commercialized products are set based on the performance of the products with the highest energy consumption efficiency (called “top runners”) on the market, taking into account the future prospects of such products’ technical development in terms of how much performance will be improved.

Pursuant to Article 78 of the Energy Saving Act, equipment which is covered by the program should meet the following three requirements:

1. Machinery and equipment that are in heavy use in Japan
2. Machinery and equipment that consume a considerable amount of energy while in use
3. Machinery and equipment that are particularly necessary to improve energy efficiency

Release Date

October 22, 2013

Division in Charge

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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