Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Japanese Updates: Tokyo facilities reduce emissions by 23 percent in fiscal year 2011 (22 Jan 2013)

Tokyo facilities reduce emissions by 23 percent in fiscal year 2011

January 22, 2013

Covering 934 facilities across Tokyo – capital city of Japan – the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program has reduced 23 percent of emission amounting to 2.16 million t-CO2 in fiscal year 2011, a flash report by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on 21 January 2012.

According to the report, the main factor of this year’s significant reduction is due to electricity savings – a response from covered facilities to reduce energy consumption after the power crisis that came along with the Tohoku earthquake in 2011.

Compared with the result in 2010, reduction obligation rate has risen from 64% to 93%. Considerable reduction was also recorded in office illumination – in half of the covered facilities, illumination level has dropped from 750 lux to 500 lux in 2011.

“The 23% reduction was the result of continuous creativity and effort by the covered facilities,” said Mr Teruyuki Ohno, Director General at the TMG Bureau of Environment. “We would like to contribute to measures against climate change in the world through actively providing the policy know-how of the TMG, which promoted such programs to other cities.”
Launched in April 2010, the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program requires covered facilities to reduce energy-related CO2 emissions – 8% for business premises and 6% for industrial facilities – and submit annual public emission reduction reports during a five-year compliance period from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.

TMG prominently reports its commitments, actions and performance to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) through the Local Government Climate Registry Japan – the first national supplement to the cCCR that allows 33 Japanese prefectures and 91 cities to display their emissions data to the world for global recognition.


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