Kyoto Prefecture: Governor Takatoshi Nishiwaki

In the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto Prefecture has set a high greenhouse gas reduction goal to take the lead in addressing global warming countermeasures. Under the partnership with various entities such as corporations, organizations, universities, and citizens, we have been promoting various initiatives including renewable energy like solar power generation, energy saving at home and in businesses, and maintenance of forests as a source of CO2 absorption.

As we look to the international community, efforts to build a sustainable economy and society are accelerating. This work is conducted under the "SDGs" (Sustainable Development Goals) which aim for an integrated solution encapsulating environmental, economic and social issues. Further, work is being done following the "Paris Agreement” which aims towards realizing a "decarbonized society". In addition, our local economic structure has been changing due to innovative technological developments such as IoT, AI, robotics, and the expansion of the sharing economy.

Kyoto Prefecture identifies the trends of the world and will continue to take the initiative in pioneering global warming countermeasures under partnerships with various sectors.

Overview of Kyoto Prefecture


Population: 2,589,961(as of April, 2018)
Area: 4612.20km²

Geographically, Kyoto Prefecture stretches north to south and is in contact with Nihonkai and Fukui Prefectures in the north, Osaka Prefecture and Nara Prefecture in the south, Mie Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture in the east, Hyogo Prefecture in the west. The Tanba mountains are located in the center. The climate is divided between the Japan Sea type and the inland type. The coastline of the Tango / Chutan area is rich in a rias style coast with rich scenic spots and good natural harbors.

Kyoto Prefecture has flourished as the center of Japan for more than a thousand years, and you can see many valuable buildings and cultural assets everywhere in Kyoto City. In addition to its rich culture, there are also many traditional handicrafts. Traditional vegetables in Kyoto are also popular. In the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, there are places of natural abundance. There are many places where the scenery is attractive, such as Amanohashidate in Miyazu City which is known as one of Japan's three most scenic spots, and the San-in Coast National Park which was also selected as a World Geopark.

Environmental initiatives

In order to realize "energy self-sufficiency · Kyoto", we are promoting efforts toward local consumption of energy based on regional characteristics. Examples include promoting the introduction of renewable energy and promoting the introduction of EMS (energy management system) that can effectively manage electricity demand. Further efforts toward self-sufficiency of energy are being implemented based on regional characteristics.

Additionally, Kyoto City operates the "Kyoto version CO2 emissions trading system" and strives to efficiently reduce CO2 emissions by having large-scale emission businesses purchase credits created from small business.

In 2010, we established the “Kyoto Hall of Fame" to honor those who made a great contribution to the preservation of the global environment in the world. As a place of the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, in February every year, we are disseminating the achievements of Hall of Fame entrants from Kyoto to the world. Since 2017, we have been conducting educational activities aimed at realizing a "decarbonized society" with "We Do Kyoto!" as a flag issued for the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. This phrase was born as an answer to the "Do You Kyoto?” slogan that Kyoto City has used for environmental problem solving for many years.

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