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Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of the Partial Revision of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy

The Cabinet approved the Bill for the Act of the Partial Revision of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (what is called the “Energy Saving Act”). On March 9, 2018, the bill will be submitted to the ongoing 196th ordinary session of the Diet.

1. Purpose of the bill

The revised Energy Saving Act aims to achieve the targets of energy conservation as future perspectives set in the Long-term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook (energy mix) formulated in 2015, and to this end, it is to take measures to overcome challenges in the existing Energy Saving Act.

2. Outline of the bill

The major measures under the bill are as follows:

(1) A new system to evaluate the energy conservation results of inter-business collaboration

Aiming to further facilitate energy conservation in the industry, service and transportation sectors, the revised act is to establish a new system in which an inter-business initiative for energy conservation is certified and each respective party involved in the initiative is permitted to submit a report on their own amount of energy conservation by dividing the total amount achieved by all parties according to the level of contribution. Through this system, respective parties of inter-business collaboration are able to enjoy appropriate evaluation of their own efforts.

(2) Revising the definition of consignors of goods and stipulating the position of quasi-consignors

Aiming to further facilitate energy conservation in the goods transportation sector, the revised act is to change the definition of consignors under the existing act and newly define businesses that decide on processes for shipping goods under contracts and other agreements as consignors, regardless of the ownership of the goods. This provision is to define the position of e-commerce retailers to firmly list them into the targets under the provision of the act, thereby facilitating energy conservation by businesses.

In addition, the revised act is to define the position of consignees of goods that are permitted to appropriately designate the date and time of arrival of the goods as quasi-consignors, thereby requesting consignors to further cooperate in energy conservation efforts.

Release date

March 9, 2018

Division in Charge

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

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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