Research Study: Long-term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2015)
Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (METI) developed the Long-Term Energy Supply and demand Outlook in response to its research on consumer attitudes towards energy issues. Such research revealed widespread opposition to the continued use of nuclear power as Japan’s main energy source. METI’s “Long-Term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook” set forth a range of basic principles to guide the future use of energy in Japan. Some of these principles include the following:
- In response to public concern about the safety of nuclear power and other energy sources, efforts will be made to voluntarily improve safety, and maintain technologies and human resources necessary to provide for the safety of all energy resources
- Japan will adopt an emission reductions target comparable to the EU and the U.S. and lead the world
- Japan’s energy self-sufficiency rate will improve by 24.3%; and CO2 emissions from energy sources will be 21.9% lower than the total GHG emissions in FY 2013
- The basic principle for the power supply-demand structure is to lower dependency on nuclear power generation to the extent possible through energy efficiency and conservation and the introduction of renewable energy.
Long-term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2015) http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2015/0716_01.html