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Deadlines for Submission of Documents Relating to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy are to be Extended in Response to the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease

April 28, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will take measures to extend the deadlines for submission of documents for FY2020 relating to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

1. Outline

In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, a Declaration of a State of Emergency was issued under the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response. Accordingly, it is supposed that a substantial number of companies will face difficulties in completing procedures for the periodical reports required under the Act on the Rational Use of Energy in the same manner as usual.

In consideration of such circumstances, METI will amend Ministerial Orders based on the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and will extend the deadlines for submission of related documents only for FY2020. Specifically, for documents that are ordinarily required to be submitted by the end of April or May, the submission deadline is to be extended to the end of July, and for documents that are ordinarily required to be submitted by the end of June or July, the submission deadline is to be extended to the end of September.

With regard to the appointment of energy management planning promoters and Type 2 energy managers, which is required of specified business operators under the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, the deadline for appointment is to be extended by six months only in cases where the grounds for requiring appointment have occurred during the period between December 2019 and May 2020.

2. Deadlines for submission of documents

(1) Submission of periodical reports, etc. regarding factories

The deadlines for submission of periodical reports, etc. regarding factories for FY2020 are as follows.

Obligations Ordinary deadlines Deadlines for FY2020
Submission of a report on energy use End of May End of July
Notification of appointment/dismissal of energy management control officers End of July End of September
Notification of appointment/dismissal of energy management planning promoters End of July End of September
Notification of appointment/dismissal of Type 1 energy managers End of July End of September
Notification of appointment/dismissal of Type 2 energy managers End of July End of September
Submission of a medium to long-term plan End of July End of September
Submission of a periodical report End of July End of September

(2) Submission of periodical reports, etc. regarding consigners

The deadlines for submission of periodical reports, etc. regarding consigners for FY2020 are as follows.

Obligations Ordinary deadlines Deadlines for FY2020
Submission of a report on volume of freight transportation End of April End of July
Submission of a medium to long-term plan End of June End of September
Submission of a periodical report End of June End of September

(3) Appointment of energy management planning promoters and Type 2 energy managers

Amid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, schedules for holding energy management training sessions for the first half of FY2020 are yet to be determined. Therefore, only in cases where the grounds for requiring appointment of energy management planning promoters and Type 2 energy managers have occurred during the period between December 1, 2019, and the end of May 2020, the deadline for appointment is to be extended from "within six months from the day on which the relevant grounds occurred" to "within one year from the day on which the relevant grounds occurred."

3. Remarks

Depending on the future spread of the novel coronavirus disease, these measures may be altered.