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16 October, 2020

Government’s Strategic Policy Committee Starts Deliberations toward Revision of Strategic Energy Plan

On October 13, the Strategic Policy Committee, under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy (chaired by Takashi Shiraishi, Chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto), launched deliberations toward issuance of the next Strategic Energy Plan.

The current Strategic Energy Plan, Japan’s fifth, was decided upon by the Cabinet in July 2018. It presents a goal for an energy mix to 2030—namely, the steady realization of an energy mix with a nuclear energy component of 20-22% and a renewable component of 22-24%—along with related policies to 2050, and goes on to discuss the challenges in energy transitions and decarbonization technologies. In an address at the start of the recent meeting, Hiroshi Kajiyama, head of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) noted that the legal deadline of 2021 for reviewing the strategic plan was approaching, adding that next year would also mark in achieving the goal of “3E+S” (the three E’s of energy security, enhanced economic efficiency and environmental compatibility, along with the S ...more
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