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Establishment of the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan

The Strategic Energy Plan of Japan has been established by the government pursuant to the Basic Act on Energy Policy.

Considering significant changes in the situation associated with natural resources and energy over the past few years, the government fully revised the Basic Energy Plan, and the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan was approved by the Cabinet today.

1. Background

The Basic Energy Plan is established by the government pursuant to the Basic Act on Energy Policy. It sets the basic direction of the national energy policy of Japan in line with the three fundamental principles of energy policy: “securing of a stable supply,” “environmental suitability,” and “utilization of market mechanisms.”

After the establishment of the Basic Energy Plan in October 2003, the first revision was made in March 2007. The present second revision was made in consideration of changes in the situation associated with energy thereafter, and established as the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan.

2. Key points of the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan

(1) Basic perspectives

In addition to the three fundamental principles of national energy policy (energy security, energy conservation, and efficient supply), the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan focuses on new perspectives: economic growth based on energy and structural reform of the energy industry.

(2) Targets for 2030

  • (a) Double the energy self-sufficiency ratio in energy supply and the self-developed fossil fuel supply ratio, and as a result raise the energy independence ratio from current 38% to about 70%
  • (b) Raise the zero-emission power source ratio from current 34% to about 70%
  • (c) Half CO2 emissions from the residential sector
  • (d) Maintain and enhance energy efficiency in the industrial sector at the highest level in the world.
  • (e) Maintain or obtain top-class shares of global markets for energy-related products and systems

(3) Specific measures to achieve the targets

  • Comprehensive efforts to secure resources and enhance supply stability
  • Establishment of an independent and environmental-friendly energy supply structure
  • Establishment of a low carbon energy demand structure
  • Building next-generation energy and social systems
  • Development and diffusion of innovative energy technologies
  • Enhancement of international cooperation on energy
  • Pursuit of structural reform of the energy industry
  • Facilitation of mutual understanding with the public and development of human resources
  • Division of roles among local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations and citizens’ commitment

Reference

Release Date

June 18, 2010

Division in Charge

Research and Public Relations Office, General Policy Division, Director-General's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

 
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