Sustainable Cities (Kitakyushu Urban Centre)
ISAP 2013 KUC Session
Potential of City-to-City Cooperation for Low-Carbon Development in Asia: A Case study of the Cooperation between Surabaya City and Kitakyushu City
Under the theme of “Paving the Way for a Sustainable Asia-Pacific: Regional Perspectives on Green Economy” IGES held the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific at Pacifico Yokohama on the 23 and 24 July 2013.
KUC's contribution was a session concentrating on the actual changes accomplished by the more than decade long cooperation between Kitakyushu and Surabaya, Indonesia. Looking back at the transition in the cooperative relationship between the two cities leading to the signing of the Green Sister City agreement in 2012, the session introduced the current large scale Joint Credit Mechanism (JCM) project from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan entitled “Project on Low Carbon and Environmentally Sustainable City Planning in Surabaya”.
KUC is the main coordinating body for this project, which brings together Kitakyushu City and various affiliated companies to investigate the possibilities of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Surabaya across the energy, transport, solid waste and wastewater sectors.
Mr. Kotaro Kawamata, Director of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Environment, Japan, explained that this system is being established in order to assist Asian low carbon city development through practical activities enabling the creation of carbon offset credits. Mr. Kengo Ishida, Head of the Asia Low Carbon Centre, Kitakyushu City explained that by leveraging the sister city connection, business pilot projects and capacity building can be undertaken in a linked and comprehensive manner. Speakers on the panel also included representatives from Surabaya City and other affiliated companies, such as NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, Inc. and Nishihara Corporation.
The session illustrated how, based on examples of cooperation between the two cities, the city-to-city cooperation framework can be used to promote sustainability effectively for environmental technology export as well as on-site capacity building to boost cross-ministerial cooperation and implement business pilot projects.
Dates 24 July May 2013 11:30-12:30 Place
Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama Japan