Regulation for Consigners and Transportation Companies

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Revised Energy Conservation Act enacted in April 2006 is imposed on main parties engaging in transport activities, and not only on automobile fuel improvement as with the previous Act. The new regulation imposes energy saving efforts on freight transport companies and passenger service companies that engage in business using automobiles, railways, ships and aircraft, and directly consuming energy. Furthermore, the duties equivalent to the regulations imposed on factories and workplaces under the Energy Conservation Act are also imposed on transport companies that are larger than a certain scale. These duties require them to make energy saving plans, to report the energy consumption amount, etc. Meanwhile in the freight sector, those who place orders to cargo transport companies, more specifically consignors who are not main bodies consuming energy are for the first time also required to make energy saving efforts. This includes making energy saving plans and reporting the energy consumption amount, which is the same as that of transport companies. Involvement of consignors is seen as necessary for the efforts such as the use of railways and ships by modal shift and cooperative transport to become possible and be effective. In addition, cooperation between freight transport companies and consignors is considered to be effective in promoting energy saving measures.

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