Sustainable Cities (Kitakyushu Urban Centre)

Kitakyushu Environmental Future City Study Tour


On 29 May 2013, Dr. William H. Glanville, Vice President of Institutional Strategy and Planning at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and member of the Board of Trustees of IGES visited Kitakyushu. From seeing the activities of KUC and also Kitakyushu City's history of overcoming severe environmental pollution, as well as undertaking site visits to Kitakyushu's resource circulation, energy and natural symbiosis projects, a deeper understanding of Kitakyushu's efforts towards becoming a low-carbon model city was achieved.

Dates 29 May 2013
Persons Met

Mr. Toshikazu Matsuoka, Head of the Environmental Bureau, Kitakyushu City Mr. Kengo Ishida, Head of the Asia Low Carbon Centre, Kitakyushu City

Places Visited

Kitakyushu Environmental Museum, Higashida Smart Community, Hydrogen Town, Eco-Town, Hibikinabi Wind Power Site and Hibinabi Biotope

Details of Visit
Visit to the Head of the Environmental Bureau, Kitakyushu City, Mr. Toshikazu Matsuoka

Mr. Matsuoka spoke enthusiastically about Kitakyushu's efforts towards the twin aims of environmental conservation and green growth. In addition, Dr. Glanville's remarked on developing overseas PR that values the perspective of consumers, and  observed that it is important to recognise the role of citizens in environmental conservation.

Visit to the Head of the Environmental Bureau, Kitakyushu City, Mr. Toshikazu Matsuoka


Kitakyushu Environmental Museum

At the Environmental Museum, Kitakyushu's history of overcoming severe pollution was introduced.

Kitakyushu Environmental Museum


Regional Electricity Conservation Office

The Yahata Higashida District is one of four areas nationwide that has been selected as a "next-generation energy, societal system demonstration area". With regards to the expansion of the Kitakyushu Smart Community Project in this same region, we visited the power saving plant which controls the power supply in the region. It aims to conserve electricity through dynamic pricing which will lower the cost of electricity depending on the time of day and the season. A national first, this project has achieved peak demand cuts of 20%.

Regional Electricity Conservation Office


Hydrogen Town

The Eco-Town has received more than 1 million visitors since it opened in 1997 and Dr. Glanville's visit coincided with a primary school field trip. Kitakyushu's aim of combining basic research and experimental study with commercialisation is demonstrated through the establishment of 25 enterprises and the employment of 1,340 people at the site.

Hydrogen Town


Kitakyushu Eco-Town

The Eco-Town has received more than 1 million visitors since it opened in 1997 and Dr. Glanville's visit coincided with a primary school field trip. Kitakyushu's aim of combining basic research and experimental study with commercialisation is demonstrated through the establishment of 25 enterprises and the employment of 1,340 people at the site.

Kitakyushu Eco-Town


Hibikinada Wind Power Site

A Next Generation Energy Park has been established in Hibikinada, near Eco-Town. It incorporates oil, coal gasification, natural gas, solar and wind energy related facilities. Dr. Glanville visited the Wind Power Site, and was able to get a magnificent view of the more than 10 wind turbines.

Hibikinada Wind Power Site


Japan's Largest Biotope

October 2012 marked the opening of Japan's largest biotope. Endangered species such as dragonflies and Japanese rice fish have had a protective habitat created for them from a former waste disposal site. No food or drink is allowed into the Biotope.

Japan's Largest Biotope

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