Energy / Climate Change

April 2, 2011


UR to Implement Low Carbon Model Town in Kohoku New Town

Keywords: Climate Change Government Non-manufacturing industry 

An independent administrative corporation in Japan, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), which improves cities and supplies rental housing, announced on December 3, 2010 that they will implement the first low carbon model town block in Kohoku New Town in Yokohama. It aims to reduce over 70 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in detached housing areas.

UR held investigative meetings of low carbon city development in the suburbs with experts, energy companies, home builders, and the government from January to May 2010. They reached to a conclusion that it is appropriate to set a goal of reducing 70 percent of CO2 emissions from 1990 levels to realize "Medium- to Long-term Roadmap for Reducing Greenhouse Gases" which the Ministry of the Environment released on March 2010.

UR selected several places as low carbon model town and decided to make a condition of the land sales with obligation of planning over 70 percent of CO2 emissions reductions in the whole town. Other than energy efficiency of the residence, the low carbon model town envisions energy saving houses, energy generation by solar power, and CO2 emissions reductions by planting trees in the area.

As the first step of the project, UR will sell around 4,600 square meters of land in Hayabuchi, Tsuzuki Ward in Yokohama City to private housing developer by open application system. Occupancy is planned to start around 2012 after roads and houses are constructed by the developer.

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Posted: 2011/04/02 06:00:15 AM



Urban Renaissance Agency official website