Green Growth in Kitakyushu, Japan

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This report studies green growth trends, challenges and opportunities in the City of Kitakyushu, Japan.  It firstly analyses socio-economic trends and the environmental performance of Kitakyushu; secondly reviews urban policies for land use, transport, buildings, waste, energy, water and industries that contribute to economic growth and reduce pressure on the environment; thirdly identifies innovation assets and actors in Kitakyushu and the northern Kyushu region and assesses Kitakyushu’s potential to bolster a regional green innovation system; and finally examines local, regional and national institutions, including horizontal and vertical co-ordination mechanisms that strengthen cross-sectoral and multilevel governance for green growth.

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Environmental and economic trends in Kitakyushu

Chapter 1 provides an overview of environmental and socio-economic trends and challenges in the City of Kitakyushu. It reviews environmental improvements achieved over the past decades in the city and assesses current socio-economic and environmental trends and challenges that underpin its economic performance and prospects for green growth. It focuses on areas with green growth potential, notably identifying an emerging green sector and its potential to contribute to growth in Kitakyushu.


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