Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
March 29, 2019
The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
On March 29, 2019, the Cabinet approved the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy.
This revision stipulates measures to promote the dissemination of highly-efficient lights. In particular, it expands the coverage of “lighting equipment” and “electrical lamps,” target equipment listed in the Top-Runner Program, Japan’s initiative to encourage industries to improve the energy-consumption efficiency of appliances and equipment.
1. Outline of the revised Order for Enforcement
Addition of equipment subject to the Top Runner Program (Articles 18 and 19 of the Order for Enforcement)
- The revised provision is to newly add LED lighting equipment to the current regulation coverage of lighting equipment using only fluorescent lamps as the main light source (lighting equipment for fluorescent lamps) and is to regulate lighting equipment as a whole. The revised provision is also to newly add incandescent lamps and fluorescent lamps to the current regulation coverage of LED lamps and is to regulate electrical lamps as a whole.
- Under this provision, manufacturers and other entities subject to the recommendations or other rules under the Top Runner Program are required to produce or import 50,000 or more units of lighting equipment or 200,000 or more electrical lamps (as for LED lamps, 25,000 or more).
2. Future schedule
Promulgation: April 3 (Wed.), 2019
Enforcement: April 15 (Mon.), 2019
Reference: Top Runner Program
Concerning equipment for which it is particularly necessary to improve the rational use of energy, pursuant to the provisions of Article 145 of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, 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.
Division in Charge
Energy Efficiency Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy