Kyoto City: Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa

When it comes to initiatives to conserve the global environment, it is often difficult to ensure that countries keep pace with one another. However, at the local government level which lies closest to the lives of people, a wide range of individuals and organizations such as citizens, universities and research institutes, industrial and economic circles, and environmental groups can work as one to take action while sharing the same sense of crisis and mission. We firmly believe that such concerted actions will eventually transform the national governments and the international community.

I consider it the responsibility of Kyoto City, where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, to take the initiative in communicating model efforts to mitigate global warming to the rest of the world and expanding the circle of such efforts. 

As the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, and with an aim to pass on a healthy and productive global environment to future generations, Kyoto Conference on the Global Environment 2017 (KYOTO+20) was held in December 2017. There, approximately 1,000 participants from 18 countries and regions all over the world, we declared "Kyoto Declaration for Cultivating a Culture for Sustainable Cities", which illustrated cities responsibilities as a major emitter of greenhouse gas, to achieve net zero carbon emission in the second half of this century raised by the Paris Agreement.

We are currently in the "implementation phase" of the Paris Agreement which transformed dramatically from the Kyoto Protocol. To ensure its steady implementation, "2019 Refinement to 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories", (what we call "The IPCC Kyoto Guideline") was adopted at the 49th Session of the IPCC in May 2019.

At the commemorative symposium of the IPCC Session in Kyoto jointly held by Ministry of the Environment and ICLEI Japan, we announced that Kyoto will pursue all necessary measures and advance concrete actions towards carbon neutrality by 2050 for the first time as a Japanese local government.

Based on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃, we also announced the "Kyoto Appeal to Jointly Achieve 1.5℃" for keeping the global average temperature rise below 1.5℃ to the world with the guest speakers including Mr. Hironori Hamanaka, the Chair of ICLEI Japan and Mr. Yoshiaki Harada, Ministrer of the Environment.
I am proud that Kyoto has played a significant role once again in developing measures against global climate change. At the same time, I am convinced of its obligations.

In order to fulfill the responsibility, as the Chair of the ICLEI's Regional Executive Committee for East Asia and the Japan representative, I will continue to devote all my energies to actively promoting ICLEI’s projects, expanding its membership, and establishing closer cooperation among its members in the future. Thus I will work with everyone in the world to steadily advance initiatives in order to create sustainable cities in the world.

Overview of Kyoto City

 

Population: Approximately 1.465 million (2018)
Area:827.9km²

Kyoto is an inland city situated in the center of the Kyoto Basin. With three-fourths of its land covered by forests, it is one of the country’s prominent cities blessed with great natural beauty.

It is a historic city that still retains the traditional culture and historic townscapes developed by its long history of over 1,200 years. It is also a city of manufacturing based on traditional industries, where leading-edge industries also prosper, driven by enterprising spirits and creative power. In addition, it is an internationally recognized cultural tourist destination that attracts 50 million tourists annually, as well as a city of universities where some 150,000 students learn. Even by international standards, Kyoto is a city of rare diversity and depth. 

Environmental initiatives

Kyoto City cooperates with citizens and businesses and promotes advanced efforts such as energy saving (which led 26% reduction on energy consumption), waste reduction (which resulted 50% reduction in amount of waste), and priority for people and public transportation "walking town initiative" (which led people visiting Kyoto by car decreased to 1/5). To make the new era "Reiwa" into "the era of decarbonization", I am determined to take forward aiming at achieving net zero emissions by 2050 in cooperation with people from all over the world as the mayor of the birth place of "The Kyoto Protocol" adn "IPCC Kyoto Guideline".

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