Toward Building an Energy-Independent and Low Carbon Society
— Summary of Issues and Policy Proposal —
April 10, 2014
Policy Proposal Overview
Policy Proposal 1: Review and Improve Policies to Promote Energy Creation
- Strengthen research and development systems to facilitate and promote the development and widespread use of revolutionary energy technologies.
- Review existing feed-in tariffs scheme.
Policy Proposal 2: Accelerate the Roadmap to Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Strategies
- Prioritize investments in the research and development of hydrogen energy technologies and their commercial application.
- Facilitate the widespread use of fuel cell vehicles and the development of hydrogen supply infrastructure.
Policy Proposal 3: Promote the Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes and Buildings
- Promote and support the development and popularization of a system in which energy efficiency performance is properly measured, such as the unification of criteria for appraising the values of existing homes and buildings.
- Promote and support the development and popularization of a system that facilitates the maintenance and enhancement of the values of existing homes and buildings.
Policy Proposal 4: Implement Support Measures to Help Build Distributed Energy Networks
- Enact a law aimed at facilitating the introduction of distributed energy systems.
- Develop legislation to facilitate the interconnected use of energy sources among buildings or regions.
Policy Proposal 5: Promote the Development of Nuclear Safety Technology
- Continue a full-scale investigation to pinpoint the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, with the full participation of experts both at home and abroad.
- Promote the development of nuclear safety technology.
Policy Proposal 6: Strengthen the National System for the Promotion of Environmental and Energy Policies
- Create a committee that comprehensively reviews and considers environmental and energy matters, such as energy resource plans and greenhouse gas reduction targets.
- Ensure an early enactment of a new fundamental law concerning climate change measures.