Japan

2018 Japan Key Figures
Population: 127 million
GDP growth rate: 0.81 %/year
Energy independence: 11.9%
Total consumption/GDP:* 74.7 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 8.59 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 3.96%
* at purchasing power parity
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Total Energy consumption

Energy consumption per capita decreased from 4.1 toe in 2000 to 3.4 toe in 2018, only 8% higher than the EU level. Electricity consumption per capita was around 7600 kWh in 2018 (almost 35% above the EU level).

Total energy consumption declined between 2010 and 2016 (by 2.6%/year on average); it picked up again in 2017 (+1.2%), but decreased by 1.4% in 2018 to 428 Mtoe.

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Japan energy report

 Total energy consumption

Crude oil production

After the United States, China and India, Japan is the world's fourth largest oil importer. Crude oil imports have been decreasing by 1.9%/year since 2000. Slower economic growth coupled with structural trends in the transport sector (shift to electric cars and reduced car use among young generations) and the gradual phaseout of oil-fired power plants are reducing the oil ...

Asia Refineries Dataset

 Crude oil production

Oil products consumption

Oil product consumption has been generally decreasing steadily since 1996, except between 2010 and 2012 when it increased, with the oil demand from power plants increasing by 80% to compensate for the closure of nuclear plants. It declined by 2.7%/year between 2012 and 2018 to reach 160 Mt in 2018, as utilities progressively switched to coal.

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Asia Refineries Dataset

 Refined oil products production

Natural gas consumption

Two thirds of natural gas are used for power generation. Gas consumption has remained almost stable since 2011. Because of the closure of nuclear reactors from 2005 to 2007 and since 2011, the consumption of natural gas has increased very rapidly (+5.9%/year, on average, between 2005 and 2012).

Graph: NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION (bcm)

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Asia LNG Trade Dataset

 Natural gas domestic consumption

Coal consumption

Coal consumption has been roughly stable since 2013 (191 Mt in 2018). It increased rapidly between 2000 and 2007 (3%/year) with most of the utilities switching to this cheap fuel.

Electricity production uses 64% of the coal consumed, and the remainder is consumed by industry, mainly by the iron and steel industry.

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

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 Coal and lignite domestic consumption

Power consumption

Electricity consumption decreased in 2018 (-1.6%), after a rise in 2016 and 2017 (+0.7%/year) and a decline of 1.7%/year between 2010 and 2015 (of which - 5.5% in 2011 because of electricity demand restrictions).

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (TWh)

Industry accounts for 35% of consumption, followed by services (34%) and households (27%).

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Renewable in % electricity production

In the government's latest Energy White Paper, approved in July 2019, renewables are recognized as a major energy source for Japan's future. The plan aims to raise the share of renewables in the power mix to 22-24% (including hydropower) in 2030, with plans to make renewables Japan's main power source by 2050.

Feed-in tariffs (FITs) were introduced for solar PV in 2009 (for surplus ...

 Share of renewables in electricity production (incl hydro)

CO2 fuel combustion/CO2 emissions

Japan met its Kyoto commitment to reduce its GHG emissions by 6% by 2012 compared to 1990. Since then, Japan aims to reduce GHG emissions to 1.04 GtCO2eq by FY 2030, which is 26% below FY 2013 levels. In 2016, the country ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. GHG emissions dropped by 1.2% in FY 2017-2018 (April to March) for a fourth straight year and by 8.4% from FY 2012-2013 to ...

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