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Tokyo in our Blog

Through C40’s Private Building Efficiency Network, cities work together to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial and residential buildings. In 2014 several cities, led by Tokyo, developed the report Urban Efficiency: a global survey of building energy efficiency policies in cities. The report incorporated best practices from around the world, including financial incentives, sectoral benchmarking, and building optimisation programmes into city energy plans and roadmaps. Other cities used it as an evidence base to push for the introduction of new, ambitious building energy policies or expand already successful schemes. We hope the next instalment of this report will prove just as valuable.

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The former site of the Japan Railway East Shinagawa Depot Railway Yard in Tokyo – known as the “Shinagawa Project” – has been accepted into C40’s Climate Positive Development Program. Shinagawa joins 17 other projects around the world that are aiming to meet a ‘climate positive’ emissions target of net-negative operational greenhouse gas emissions.

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Buildings shape the iconic skylines of our global megacities. For many of these cities, buildings also hold the key to tackling climate change. Building energy use is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in cities – almost half of the emissions from member cities of the C40 come from energy consumed in buildings.

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C40’s Private Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency Network (PSBEEN) has more than 15 active members, spanning Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. Member cities recently gathered for a workshop hosted by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo, where C40 had the privilege of appointing Tokyo and Sydney as co-chairs of the network. The two cities will play a crucial role as thought leaders and communicators, helping to drive the uptake of best practices in global cities. Zoe Sprigings, our Network Manager for Energy Efficiency, talked to city representatives Yuko Nishida (Tokyo) and Tom Belsham (Sydney) to find out more about their cities’ motivation and vision for leadership.

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Next week, C40 and Siemens will announce the finalists for the second annual C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards. But before that happens, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the projects that won last year for demonstrating climate leadership in areas as diverse as urban transportation and adaptation and resilience.

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On January 21, 2013, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced the results from the second year of its cap-and-trade program. Reports submitted from 934 facilities to the end of November 2012 show a further 10% emission reduction from reporting facilities below the year-one (2010) figures, bringing the second year total to an overall 23% emission reduction below the base-year emissions.

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This week the Financial Times (FT) released its annual Urban Ingenuity Magazine, marking the end of a year-long process with the announcement of the 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Award winners. These were selected from a group of finalists including C40 cities Houston, Paris and Tokyo. The awards—honoring a winner and runner-up in the categories of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure—accepted entries from municipalities, community groups, charities and businesses proposing original solutions to urban problems.

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The results of the first fiscal year of operation of Tokyo’s cap and trade program are in – and they go far in validating the city’s groundbreaking initiative to introduce a market-based approach to emissions reductions at the urban scale. Reports on 1,159 building facilities show collective emissions reductions of 13 percent over base-year figures; this was due to the active implementation of more than 5,700 measures by building owners to reduce energy use and corresponding emissions.

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