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.

English Also available in: Japanese

Executive summary

This case study analyses the economic and environmental performance of the City of Kitakyushu, identifying best practices for green growth in policy and governance, and providing recommendations to further strengthen its potential for green growth. The unit of analysis is the City of Kitakyushu, the Kitakyushu metropolitan area (for the discussion of land use and density), or Fukuoka prefecture, when data is not available for the City of Kitakyushu.


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