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Recruitment of Businesses to Receive Subsidies Under Project for Promotion of Energy Conservation Measurement and Monitoring
- FY 2009 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Subsidy Project -

July 6, 2009

The Japan Research Institute, Limited

1. Outline

In recent years, energy consumption in the office buildings sector has risen sharply and, as of the end of fiscal 2006, CO2 emissions were up 40% on the level recorded in the base year (1990). Promoting energy conservation by reducing the energy consumption of buildings, etc. in the office buildings sector is a pressing issue for Japan.
Promoting energy conservation will mean promoting reductions in the amount of energy consumed through the replacement of equipment and facilities, and promoting greater efficiency of energy use through improvements in management. To this end, it is important to establish an accurate picture of current energy consumption, in other words achieve more widespread "visualization" of current energy use. Against the backdrop of last year's amendment to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, the scope of regulation of the business sector has expanded and there is growing need to determine how much energy is consumed by each tenant in multi-tenant buildings and the energy consumption of entire chains.
For this project, businesses (including office building businesses and tenant businesses) will be recruited to install energy measurement devices and carrying out energy conservation diagnosis in existing commercial buildings, with the help of subsidies.

2. Businesses to Receive Subsidies

It is planned that around 20 businesses will receive subsidies and measurements will be carried out in a total of 1,000 facilities. The total subsidies budget is approximately ¥1.16 billion. Care will be taken in the selection of businesses to ensure balance in the different types of business represented and scale (total floor area) and location of facilities to be subject to measurement.

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