TOKYO — Japan’s capital is set to obligate construction firms to install battery chargers for zero-emission vehicles including electric cars in new buildings, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike disclosed in a regular news conference on April 22.
Stand-alone houses constructed by major housebuilders as well as large buildings including housing complexes in Tokyo will be subject to the policy, which comes amid efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to plans presented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government at an environment council meeting in March, the government will ask construction companies to install a certain number of chargers depending on the number of cars their parking lots accommodate when they construct housing complexes and other buildings with a total floor space of 2,000 square meters or more.
Regarding buildings that have a floor space smaller than 2,000 square meters, such as one-unit homes, the metropolitan government will also ask home builders that put up 20,000 square meters or more in new structures per year in the capital to install charging wires. About 50 major home builders are expected to undertake this work.
While the metro government initially considered mere “standardization” of charger installation, Koike instructed it to consider making the scheme “mandatory.” Tokyo is planning to compile a midterm report in May or later, aiming to turn the policy into a metropolitan government ordinance alongside stipulations on the installation of solar panels, which officials have already discussed making mandatory.
Koike said in the news conference, “We will proceed with systemic revision to help the initiative of reducing (consumption of), generating and storing energy become more established. Installing charging facilities, which will support the spread of zero-emission vehicles, is essential. We must pick up speed.”
(Japanese original by Shinji Kurokawa, Tokyo City News Department)