As the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto Prefecture has set high reduction targets and has propelled advanced measures for mitigating global warming such as the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions trading scheme.
In response to the energy issue within the context of the nuclear accident caused by 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Kyoto Prefecture has devised the “Kyoto Eco/Energy Strategy” to ultimately become a “Self-Sufficiently Powered Kyoto.” As part of this policy, the prefecture has been actively pursuing the dissemination and expansion of renewable energy, with a particular focus on solar power. Furthermore, it has adopted measures to nurture the environmental industry as well as to conserve energy and electricity by promoting state-of-the-art energy management equipment, in hopes of realizing the Keihanna Future Energy City.
Population: 2,610,073（as of May, 2015）
Kyoto Prefecture is a thin, vertically elongated shape of land, located south of Fukui Prefecture and the Sea of Japan, north of Osaka and Nara Prefectures, west of Mie and Shiga Prefectures, and east of Hyogo Prefecture. At its center lies the Tamba mountainous region, separating the climate into two: the seaside climate and the inland climate.
The coastlines of the Tango and Chutan area are varying ria coasts, and are home to abundant scenic spots and natural harbors.
For over a millennium, Kyoto Prefecture flourished as the center of Japan, and at the center of its capital, Kyoto City, it is possible to appreciate the many valuable cultural buildings and structures. Moreover, Kyoto’s appeal is not limited to its traditional culture: in addition to being famous for its many traditional crafts, it is also well-known for its traditional vegetables.
The northern region of Kyoto Prefecture boasts rich, natural landscapes with many scenic sights, including Miyazu City’s “Bridge to Heaven,” which is thought to be one of the Three Views of Japan, as well as the Sanin Kaigan National Park, a member of the Global Geoparks Network.
In order to realize a “Self-Sufficiently Powered Kyoto,” Kyoto Prefecture is actively implementing measures to conserve energy and electricity. Kicking off with initiatives to generate energy using solar power at the prefectural facilities, the efforts include the dissemination and expansion of renewable energy use, as well as the adoption of systems that manage energy demand, namely the Building Energy Management System (BEMS) and the Home Energy Management System (HEMS). Furthermore, by managing the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions trading scheme, the prefecture supports the reduction of CO2 emissions by encouraging corporations with high emissions to buy credit from small- and medium-sized enterprises.
In 2010, as the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto Prefecture established the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto, an annual event held in February that recognizes people from all over the world that have contributed greatly to saving the global environment.