As cities in Asia grow economically, they would also need to be smarter in their energy usage and management. What would smart cities with energy management of households, buildings and local communities look like? To find out more, Asia is Green looks at a smart city project in Japan.
The Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) is one of the largest smart city demonstration projects in Japan, piloted in three Yokohama districts – the Minato Mirai 21 district, the Kohoku New Town district, and the Yokohama Green Valley district. This project was selected as a Next Generation Energy Infrastructure and Social System Demonstration Area by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2010, and is expected to be completed by 2014. Read more
Asia’s demand for energy is increasing, and part of this demand could be met by the introduction of large-scale solar projects and plants.
Asia is Green takes a look at Japan, where the move away from nuclear energy after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011, would result in more large-scale solar plants replacing her energy needs.
In order to accelerate the supply of solar energy, the Japanese government implemented the revamped feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme in July 2012, which stipulates that solar installations producing more than 10 kW of energy be subsidised with a feed-in-tariff of 42 yen per kWh for a period of 20 years. Read more
This is a call to participate in a global online survey from our friends at Japan for Sustainability.
In preparation for the Copenhagen meeting (COP15) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at the end of 2009, Japan is currently engaged in debate about the country’s medium-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (for the period 2013 to 2020).
After considering public opinion and various other views, Prime Minister Taro Aso will decide on the medium-term targets this June. While environmental NGOs are calling for major emission reductions, industry is making a strong appeal for targets that will not lead to big reductions. A large gap in their positions persists.
Japan that will set its own national medium-term targets, but we at Japan for Sustainability (JFS) would like to ask people around the world for their comments, and then share our findings with Prime Minister Aso and the media here. Please take a few moments of your time to review the background and options being debated (below), then tell us what you think.
Please reply by the end of the day, May 16, 2009. If you have any questions about this survey, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will post our findings on the JFS website at the end of May. We very much appreciate your help!
If you missed the the Chinese TV programme, So Simple 2, shown on Channel U last year, there’s a repeat telecast every Sunday, 11.30am on Channel U (starting today). So Simple 2 is about Peifen’s journey in Australia, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore, and her thoughts on simplicity, DIY, LOHAS, eco-friendly, travelling and following your dream. Worth watching for the interesting people and places, beautiful scenery and shots, good editing and a pretty host.
Cycling is becoming more popular as a mode of transport in Singapore. With this increasing trend, there are worries about bicycle parking and thefts. In Japan, there is an automated bicycle storage system that stores your bicycle underground and retreives it in less than a minute. The system saves space and prevents theft – something we could look into and adopt.