Energy / Climate Change

December 8, 2008


Japan Renewable Energy Policy Platform Launched toward 2050

Keywords: NGO / Citizen Renewable Energy 

Japan Renewable Energy Policy Platform (JREPP) was launched on July 1, 2008, taken the initiatives by eight groups involved in renewable energy including the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP). The platform aims to study and suggest proposals for renewable energy policies.

Prior to the inception, the eight groups presented The Year 2050 Renewable Energy Vision with an interim report on their policy proposals to implement the policies for the vision at the Renewable Energy Policy Symposium on June 3, 2008. The report states that over 60 percent of domestic electricity demands in 2050 could be covered by making best use of the natural energy in Japan. It also estimates that more than 75 percent of carbon dioxide emissions arising from domestic energy use can be reduced, (both comparisons with 2000 levels), according to the report.

In the Vision, projection of the electricity substitution by renewable energy in 2050 would be 10 percent for wind power, 18 percent for solar energy, 14 percent for biomass, 10 percent for geothermal heat and 14 percent for hydraulic power.

The JREPP suggested the following factors and policies would be necessary to fulfill the vision: national and local governments' initiatives in setting clear numerical targets for renewable energy over the medium- and long-term, public understanding and agreement about the use of renewable energy, appropriate strategies to lower barriers to entry and substantial expansion of renewable energy markets.

- Institute of Sustainable Energy Policy official website
- Movement Toward Sustainable Energy -- World Update and Japan's Potential (Sustainability College)

Posted: 2008/12/08 06:31:42 AM