Strategic Energy Plan (2018)

Last updated: 4 November 2019

In 2018, Japanese government formulated its 5th edition of the Strategic Energy Plan. This plan, based on the 3E+S principles, set the following objectives:

- Safety:  safey innovation by technological and governance reforms

- Enegy Security: raise technical self-sufficiency while ensuring diversity of choice

- Environment Sustainability: work towards decarbonisation

- Economic Efficiency: enhance domestic industrial competitiveness


The Plan shows Japan's new energy policy towards 2030 and 2050:

1) 2030

- Greenhouse gas reduction by 26%

- Reliable energy mix

2) 2050

- Greenhouse gas reduction by 80%


The principles of the policy is centered on the following themes such as stable energy supply, economic efficiency, environment, and safety taking into account global viewpoint and economic growth to build multilayered and diversified flexible energy demand-supply structure.


This policy sets out Japan’s long term energy demand and supply policies and measures to be implemented in a comprehensive and planned manner toward the future. Of those polices and measures are the 10 key themes, which includes energy efficiency and conservation under section II: Realization of an advanced energy-saving society and smart and flexible consumer activities.


The section II articulates two subsections: “1. Enhancing energy efficiency in each sector” and “2. Leveraging demand response that promotes efficient energy supply.” The former includes the following points:

(1) Enhancing energy efficiency in the business and household sectors: in the residential and commercial sectors, improvement of energy efficiencies

(2) Promotion of diverse energy efficiency measures in the transportation sector

(3) Acceleration of energy efficiency in the industrial sector and others

(4) Measures to achieve further energy efficiency that are suited to the status of energy consumption by businesses


Prior to this Basic Energy Plan in 2014, there were the following policy documents pertaining to energy and energy efficiency policy orientation in Japan:

# Energy Conservation Frontrunner Plan (2006) (for the past record, please refer to the data entry "895")

# New National Energy Strategy (2006) (for the past record, please refer to the data entry "1819")

# National Policy Direction on Energy Conservation 2007 (2007) (for the past record, please refer to the data entry "1687")

# National Energy Conservation Promotion - New 2007 Campaigns for Further Energy Efficiency (2007) (for the past record, please refer to the data entry

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