Raise the target to 30% for the rate of the energy efficient houses

Raise the target to 30% for the rate of the energy efficient houses

On 7th December, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) presented the
draft revision of the MLIT’s Environmental Action Plan toward the target year of FY2030.
MLIT will enhance its effort for the related measures in light of the “MLIT green challenge” compiled in July. MLIT set to raise the target rate of the houses which comply with energy conservation standards to 30% in 2030, five times compared to FY2013. MLIT aims to realize a decarbonized society and circulation society in cooperation with other ministries and agencies. In cooperation with other ministries and agencies, it aims to realize a decarbonized society and a recycling-oriented society.

On the same day of the 7th December, MLIT presented the draft revision in the joint meeting with the Environment Subcommittee (chairman: Haruo Ishida, Honorary Professor Tsukuba University.) of the Panel on Infrastructure Development (advisory body of the MLIT) and the Transportation Systems Subcommittee(chairman: Tetsuo Yai, Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor) of the Transport Policy Council (chairman: Haruo Ishida).

Both the chairmen will be entrusted to revise the draft based on the opinions raised in the meeting.

The revision draft of the environmental action plan consists of 3 chapters. The first chapter summarizes the state and issues of environmental policy measures, the second chapter includes the contents of “MLIT green challenge” which compiles the intensive measures for realization of green society by FY2030. The measures related to the environment in each field and each issue are compiled in 3 chapters.

Regarding the energy conservation measures for residential and non-residential buildings, it stated mandatory compliance with energy efficiency standards for residential buildings by revision of the building energy conservation act and gradual tightening of energy conservation standards. It also set the specific target in the measure.

It raise the proportion of residential buildings which comply with the energy conservation standards, from 6% in FY2013 to 30% in 2030. Also, it raises the proportion of the next generation automobiles such as electric vehicles (EV), accounting based on the new car sales, to a maximum of 70% in FY2030, three times compared with FY2013.

As for these measures, both subcommittee members called for clarifying the execution period of measures.
Regarding the expanded introduction of EV, there was opinion that it is required to simultaneously develop infrastructure such as chargers. Other opinion pointed out that target values for measures should be set separately for passenger and commercial vehicles.