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2. Studies and Analysis

JPEC conducts studies on various issues in response to the current social needs such as stable supply of oil, environmental conservation, and increase of domestic oil industry’s competitive advantages. These studies are performed from socioeconomic and technological viewpoints, and are made public at meetings for presenting study results. In hopes of facilitating wide use of JPEC’s study results, these results are also made downloadable from JPEC’s website. Major socioeconomic and technological topics of studies are as shown below:

(1) Socioeconomic Topics

Studies are conducted according to the needs of investigation in each of the topics listed below. These topics are relevant to the issues that Japan’s petroleum industry faces including the enhancement of the national energy security and of the international competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry. The results of these studies provide information that helps the national government to decide on petroleum and energy policies and also helps oil companies to formulate management/project strategies:

  1. Trends in oil supply and demand as well as in quality regulations
  2. Energy security
  3. Environment and energy saving (Measures for curbing CO2)
  4. Increase of competitive advantage and profitability
  5. Reinforcement of petroleum industry’s infrastructure (Comprehensive issue)


(2) Technological Topics

Studies from a technological viewpoint chiefly focus on the following topics, so that the study results will be used by the petroleum industry as information sources useful in determining technological/research strategies. It is also hoped that findings of the studies will be useful for developing technologies for refining and using petroleum products in an environmentally friendly way, taking environmental and safety measures in the oil refining industry, and developing technologies for next-generation vehicles and fuels.

  1. Fuel production technologies which meet the future needs from an environmental perspective
  2. Technologies for processing unconventional crude oils, extra heavy crude oils and other types of oils
  3. Technologies for utilizing and evaluating petroleum fuels
  4. Technologies for utilizing new type of fuel oils, and other innovative technologies
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