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Japan plans to oblige firms to set targets for nonfossil energy use

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:18 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–Japan‘s industry ministry plans to oblige business operators to set targets for their use of nonfossil energy sources, such as renewable and nuclear power, it was learned Friday.

According to the plan, presented to a related expert panel on the day, subject to the obligation will be around 12,000 companies, mainly manufacturers, whose annual energy consumption is equivalent to 1,500 kiloliters or more of crude oil.

The ministry aims to submit a related bill to revise the energy-saving law during next year’s ordinary parliamentary session, hoping to put the revised law into force in April 2023.

Currently, companies are required to submit plans on making energy-saving efforts. The revised law is seen demanding the plans include targets on the proportion of nonfossil energy use.

The ministry also plans to demand improvement plans from businesses with inadequate regular reports on and measures for nonfossil energy use, and to announce their names in some cases.

Furthermore, the ministry is eyeing a system to help increase factory and other operations during the daytime, when solar power production is greater, while considering adding hydrogen and ammonia to the list of energy sources covered by the energy-saving law.

According to a senior ministry official, the ministry is also considering changing the name of the law because it would call for the use of nonfossil energy after the planned revision.

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