Energy / Climate Change

May 21, 2009


Kyoto City Offering Web-Based Household Eco-Account Book

Keywords: Climate Change Local government NGO / Citizen 

The City of Kyoto began providing the Household Emissions Calculator program through the Internet on March 16, 2009, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from each household by promoting energy conservation utilizing a household eco-account book. The goal of this program is to have more than 50,000 households to participate.

Kyoto City published a booklet-type Household Emissions Calculator in fiscal 1998, a year after the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, and has been encouraging its citizens to use it. There are three types of account books: the "Basic," with which each household can diagnose its eco-life level; the "Intermediate," which encourages each household to adopt eco-strategies for short periods of around one to two weeks; the "Advanced," which requires households to work on 60 items for two months; and the "Kids" which encourages children to work on.

As of February 2009, the number of households utilizing the booklet-type CO2 calculator reached 18,000, and the city started providing the web-version Household Emissions Calculator in order to expand the range of its users.

This web-based CO2 calculator allows a user inputting the amount of electricity and/or gas consumed at each household on the web to immediately see the results, as compared with standard household and energy-saving tips. Furthermore, as the user accumulates data over time, they can graphically view the monthly changes in household CO2 emissions, upon which the effect of household solar energy generation is also reflected.

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Kyoto City official website

Posted: 2009/05/21 06:00:15 AM