July 18, 2019
In 2016, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly formulated Energy Efficiency Technology Strategy 2016, aiming to effectively promote the research and development of energy efficiency technologies and popularize them. ANRE hereby announces that it and NEDO revised the key technologies shown in the strategy.
The strategy aims to effectively advance R&D and popularize the outcomes from R&D as an effort for achieving the goal of “realization of an advanced energy-saving society” set in the Strategic Energy Plan. To this end, it specifies the technologies that Japan should emphasize, which are called “key technologies,” and describes scenarios and other future visions for introducing such technologies into society, which were all compiled jointly by ANRE and NEDO.
In light of the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan and other national policies, ANRE and NEDO revised the key technologies featured in the strategy, taking into consideration the results of the expert discussions and other meetings.
2. Key points of the revision
In this revision, ANRE and NEDO further subdivided the 14 key technologies and added new key technologies based on the current circumstances below and compiled 39 key technologies as a result.
- They added technologies for highly-efficiently converting waste heat into electricity, those for highly-efficient electrical heating and other technologies to the category of key technologies, aiming to encourage industries to make use of waste heat and introduce decarbonization efforts into their thermal systems.
- In light of new, emerging business models that take advantage of digital technologies and a recent surge in the volume of data in circulation, they added technologies related to the fourth industrial revolution, such as energy-efficient data centers, traffic-flow control systems and smart logistics management systems, to the category of key technologies.
- In light of the national policy for making renewable energy a major power source, they added technologies related to reserve capacities and balancing capacities, for power demand-supply adjustment to the category of key technologies.
Division in Charge
Energy Efficiency Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy