The 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, and is now aiming to become an environmental capital. KUC currently conducts research and activities to promote local governmental initiatives to realise sustainable cities, covering critical sectors such as resource circulation, low-carbon and resilient city development. Aiming at mainstreaming sustainable city development policies and practices in Asian cities, the Centre’s research and activities are enhanced by close links with local and central governments, private sector and international organisations working on the sustainable city agenda.
Project Brochure "City-to-City Collaboration for Zero-Carbon Society 2020"
Commitment to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 by Local Governments in the Kyushu Region of Japan - Background, Current Situation, and Challenges
State of the Voluntary Local Reviews 2020:Local Action for Global Impact in Achieving the SDGs
CREATING SUSTAINABLE, ZERO-CARBON SOCIETIES THROUGH CITY-TO-CITY COLLABORATION
FY 2019 City-to-City Collaboration for Low-Carbon Society (Project to Create a Low-Carbon Society in Davao City through Support for the Development of a Local Climate Change Action Plan) Report
The IGES Kitakyushu Urban Centre hosted the 2nd Kitakyushu SDGs Training on 23rd & 24th March 2021 in collaboration with NPO Satoyama. It aimed to provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and networking discussions, and participants learned...
Toyota City of Japan will organize the “Think SDGs 2021” International Conference in Toyota: Smart and Sustainable Communities with COVID-19 on 6 March 2021, from 13:30-18:00 (JST) online, commemorating its 70th anniversary of municipal...
From 7 to 10 December, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) organized the training program "Creating Sustainable, Zero-Carbon Societies through City-to-City Collaboration". This...
Updated: December 2020
As the impacts of climate change increase in frequency and intensity every year, many local governments are under pressure to take action to protect the health and daily lives of their residents. This page will provide information on decarbonisation...
Junko Ota, Researcher at IGES’ Kitakyushu Urban Centre, received the Incentive Award in the individual category of the "14th Kitakyushu City Women's Active Participation and Work-Life Balance Awards" for 2020. This award is given to companies...