Expansion of benchmark system in building sector ― Adding “Universities” to the target industries
The Working Group on “ the Standard of Judgement (EC Guideline)” (WG Chairperson: Takaharu Kawase, Grand–fellow of Chiba University) of the Energy and Natural Resources advisory committee (Advisory body to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) began consideration for expanding the targeted industries of the benchmark system in the building sector at the meeting on 14th December. First of all, “University” was taken up as the additional target industries and the secretariat presented the target scope, calculation methods, and the standard as a benchmark indicator and this presentation was mostly agreed.
At the meeting, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology briefed the use of energy at the university. There are 292 universities as designated business operators to have the obligation to submit periodic reports under the Energy Conservation Law, including national, public and private universities. The energy consumption of these universities in FY 2017 is 2,517,000 kl which has remained almost flat from FY 2000. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry proposed a draft of specific benchmark values.
As for the universities that carries out its business with the sum of the energy consumption of 1500 kl or more, the benchmark is the weighed average of the energy efficiency benchmark indexes of the campuses by energy usage amounts of the campuses. The energy efficiency benchmark indexes of the campuses are obtained by dividing the actual energy consumption of the campus by the energy consumption predicted based on those of the campuses with the same characteristics. The target value is proposed to be “0.555 or less” that is the level where the top 15% can achieve.
Source: Monthly Magazine “Energy Conservation”