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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
New Standards for Fuel Efficiency of Small Freight Vehicles (Top Runner Standards)

The new standards for fuel efficiency concerning small freight vehicles, with FY2022 set as the target year, were formulated by a committee jointly held by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

1. Outline of the new standards (target year: FY2022)

METI and MLIT have been deliberating the new standards for fuel efficiency concerning small freight vehicles (Top Runner Standards*) under the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act) through a series of joint committee meetings. The ministries hereby announce that the new standards to be achieved in FY2022 as the target year were formulated, considering opinions collected through the public comment procedure** (see Appendix (PDF:1,164KB) PDF File (in Japanese)).

If the numerical targets in the new standards are successfully achieved, fuel efficiency in the target fiscal year of 2022 is expected to improve by 26.1% from the actual level in FY2012.

FY2020 fuel efficiency standards

Types of small freight vehicles FY2015 fuel efficiency standards (existing standards) FY2020 fuel efficiency standards (new standards)
Passenger-car type (Structure A) 12.7-23.2 km/L 16.9-28.1 km/L
Van and truck type (Structure B) 7.9-18.2 km/L 10.2-21.0 km/L

Fuel efficiency improvement estimated under the FY2020 standards

FY2012 actual level Estimated figure in FY 2020*** Fuel efficiency improvement from the FY 2012 actual level
Average fuel efficiency of small freight vehicles 14.2 km/L 17.9 lm/L 26.1%

***Note: The figure is estimated on the assumption that the percentages of shipped vehicles in each category in the target fiscal year (FY2020) are the same as those in FY 2012.

Notes:
*1: Top Runner Standards refer to standard values established based on the most fuel-efficient vehicles available on the market and in view of the future prospects for technology development.
**2: The comments submitted by the public on the draft report of the new standards are accessible through the following online contact counter of the online government portal (e-Gov):
http://search.e-gov.go.jp/servlet/PublicExternal Site Link(in Japanese)
***3: The figure is estimated on the assumption that the percentages of shipped vehicles in each category in the target fiscal year (FY2020) are the same as those in FY 2012.

2. Future schedule

Based on the final report, METI and MLIT will revise the standards under the related laws and regulations by around spring of 2015.

Reference: Examples of major small freight vehicles

Passenger-car type
Van and truck type

Release date

March 20, 2015

Divisions in charge

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
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