Sapporo City: Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto

Sapporo City, which in 2008 declared “Eco-Capital Sapporo,” is actively taking measures to mitigate global warming such as promoting energy conservation and spreading renewable energy.

Under these circumstances, the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and the subsequent accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station made us aware of the magnitude of the effects of nuclear power accidents.

Since Sapporo is the city that consumes the largest amount of energy in Hokkaido, we need to drastically reevaluate the lifestyles we have adopted in the past and the way society should be. We also have to make great efforts to realize a low-carbon society that does not rely on nuclear energy by shifting swiftly to alternative energy, including renewable energy, which abounds around us.

After it joined ICLEI in 1996, Sapporo worked with ICLEI Japan to host a world environmental cities meeting in 2004. Thus, the city is strengthening its network of environmental initiatives with other cities worldwide.

 

 

Overview of Sapporo City

 

Population: 1,943,598 (as of November 1, 2014)
Area:1,121.1km²

Located in the center of Hokkaido, Sapporo is the political, economic, and cultural hub of the country’s northernmost island, blessed with varied natural settings, and the home of over 1.9 million people. While we enjoy a long spell of brisk, fine weather in the summer, we have heavy snowfalls in the winter, and the amount of fallen snow during the season reaches six meters.

In 1875, the first group of colonial soldiers settled in Hokkaido. In 1922, Sapporo was organized as a municipality and expanded its jurisdiction, attracting more people in subsequent years. In 1970, its population exceeded one million, and two years later,it became an ordinance-designated city, which enjoys administrative rights on a par with prefectures.

 

Environmental initiatives

The Sapporo City government considers it one of its top priority issues to take action to mitigate global warming. In order to hand this fascinating city to the future generation, in accordance with the “Sapporo Energy Vision” (developed in Oct., 2014) and “Sapporo Global Warming Prevention Plan” (developed in Mar., 2015), it is working actively to promote energy conservation and use of renewable energy. Through these actions, the city is aiming to form a low-carbon society with less negative environmental impact and achieve a shift to sustainable energy sources.

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