Sustainable Cities (Kitakyushu Urban Centre)

CCAC MSWI Awareness Raising Workshop for Japanese Cities and Organisations

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (CCAC-MSWI) aims to assist cities in improving their municipal solid waste management systems to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) such as methane (produced by the decomposition of organic matter in landfills) and black carbon (produced by open burning of waste). The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are two of the lead partners in the programme with the Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) being current implementers within the initiative.

Recently, the City of Kitakyushu with the assistance of IGES has been involved in the initiative, assisting with on-going implementation work in Cebu City, Philippines; Surabaya, Indonesia; and Map Ta Phut and Rayong Municipalities (Thailand). As the contribution of Kitakyushu as a mentor city has been seen as highly valuable by the lead partners, the meeting was convened in order to share information concerning the initiative and encourage other Japanese cities to join.

The Workshop was attended by delegates from 5 Japanese cities (Kawasaki, Kitakyushu, Osaka, Tokyo and Yokohama); the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ); United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); the Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

In discussion, it was revealed that Japanese cities broadly have three key motivations to be involved in international collaboration work. Firstly, Japanese cities wish to disseminate regionally the lessons learned from their experiences in overcoming pollution and transition towards environmental sustainability. Secondly Japanese cities wish to promote their cities internationally. Thirdly Japanese cities wish to support local industries in finding business opportunities abroad.

Noting the example of Kitakyushu City in their success in utilising the opportunity afforded by CCAC MSWI to deepen their engagement with cities with whom they are currently collaborating, Japanese cities were encouraged to consider using CCAC MSWI as a means to further strengthen their current networks and projects relating to waste management. For those Japanese cities that maybe interested in establishing new partnerships, CCAC MSWI is also willing to assist Japanese cities in meeting potential mentees.

All of the attending Japanese cities thanked the organisers for the opportunity to attend the seminar and stated that it had been an informative workshop. Attendees all agreed to keep discussions open with a view to continuing to engage with the initiative.It was hoped there would be an opportunity in the future to reconvene the meeting with the attendance of Japanese cities' partner cities.

Date 17 May 2016
Venue Ministry of the Environment, Japan (Tokyo)
Organiser Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Language English
Participants 16

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