Overview of Kitakyushu Urban Centre
IGES Kitakyushu Urban Centre (KUC) is situated in Kitakyushu City, a city which has gone from being a byword for pollution to one of Japan's pre-eminent environmental cities. KUC produces cross-cutting research on sustainable urban development, covering critical sectors such as waste management, water and sanitation, pollution control and climate change, among others. KUC works closely with local and international partners to facilitate the dissemination and replication of good urban environmental practices in the Asian region.
The Centre also specialise in research on the transfer of low-carbon city development policies and practices between Japan and Asian countries. Research is enhanced by close links with local and central governments, ASEAN and international organisations working on the sustainable city agenda.
The IGES Kitakyushu Office was established in 1999 and carried out various activities such as the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment, a cooperative programme with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Kitakyushu City. In April 2010, the office was renamed as the Kitakyushu Urban Centre and is currently carrying out research to promote local governmental actions to create low-carbon, eco-sustainable cities, covering critical areas such as waste management, sanitation, pollution control and transportation.
KUC assisting local governments in Asian cities with capacity building, making full use of JICA training courses as well as research activities. Working in close cooperation with Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society which was established by Kitakyushu City in June 2010 to act as a core facility dedicated to vitalising local economies through a commitment to carbon reduction projects in Asian societies, KUC has also been providing local SMEs with assistance for technology transfer overseas.