Energy / Climate Change

October 26, 2006


Majority of Large Japanese Factories Pass Energy-Saving Standard in FY2005

Keywords: Energy Conservation Government Manufacturing industry Policy / Systems 

A survey on energy saving confirmed that most large-scale Japanese factories satisfied energy management criteria in fiscal 2005, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan reported on August 7, 2006. The on-site survey was conducted at 546 Type 1 designated energy management factories in 13 business categories. Among them, 525 factories (96.2 percent) were found to be in full compliance with the criteria.

The designated factories are those that use an equivalent of 3, 000 kiloliters of crude oil per year, or those that use 12 million kWh or more of electricity per year. Under the Law concerning the Rational Use of Energy, the annual survey has been conducted since fiscal 2001 at 500 to 600 factories in designated business categories.

In the survey, six check points are examined by giving scores at three stages to determine the compliance status of the factories: rationalization of fuel burning; rationalization of heating, cooling and heat transfer; recovery and reuse of waste heat; rationalization of conversion to heat power; prevention of energy loss due to emissions transfer and resistance; rationalization of conversion to electrical power and heat. The nonbinding target aims to reduce unit energy consumption by one percent or more annually at each factory in the medium and long term.

None of the factories was evaluated at less than 50 points. Between 50 and 80 points, 21 factories (3.8 percent) received written guidance based on the law. At more than 80 points, 525 factories (96.2 percent) were considered to have proper energy management strategies and did not require ant special guidance.

Posted: 2006/10/26 09:54:47 AM
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