- About the Center
Hiroshi Komiyama, Director, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society (Former President, University of Tokyo)
There is now a strong need to solve the difficult problem of global warming ahead of the rest of the world, and to create a vibrant Japan.
The Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society was established in order to respond to these issues through the combined efforts of businesses, citizens, governments, and local communities. In addition to exporting environmental technologies, the center provides support in terms of both hardware and software, including human resource development, with the aim of transferring to the Asian region a system that can be more highly effective by optimally combining these two aspects.
Through the activities of this center, we hope to spread the movement to realize a decarbonized society in Japan, Asia, and the world.
Mayor, City of Kitakyushu Kenji Kitahashi
In October 2020, the city of Kitakyushu declared itself a "Zero Carbon City," aiming to achieve virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The city of Kitakyushu has experienced serious pollution since the 1960s, but has overcome this problem by balancing the environment and the economy. In this zero-carbon initiative, we aim to realize a virtuous cycle between the environment and the economy.
Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society was established in 2010 as a core organization to promote low-carbon development in the Asian region as one of the pillars of the Environmental Model Cities.
The city has been making great contributions to the improvement of the environment in Asia by utilizing its experience in overcoming pollution and know-how of the Eco-Town project. The city will continue to promote initiatives with a focus on the "environment" and "Asia," and through its contribution to the realization of a decarbonized society in the fast-growing Asian region as a whole, the city aims to enhance the vitality of the local economy and make further progress.