The Tokyo government has a vision for a zero-waste city. The volume of waste has been steadily declining despite population growth, and they have 100% garbage collection. Tokyo has very advanced waste incineration plants that reduce the volume of the waste and lessen the amount of harmful gasses produced. They actually emit water vapor instead of smoke. The heat energy produced is used to power the plant and is also sold.
“The super eco-town project is designed to eliminate industrial waste by disassembling discarded products into their original components and into raw materials that can be reused and transforming the remaining waste into energy.”
Tokyo is often seen as a city of urban development or the “techno-mecha that fosters technologies of tomorrow.” Many people just assume that it probably pollutes a ton like its asian counterparts (such as China), HOWEVER it is the complete opposite. Tokyo actually has many “forward” thinking ideas such as the Climate Change Strategy (set forth in 2007 -- a 10 year plan).
- “A new approach towards energy use. The target was to shift to a low-CO₂ society, a society where people are able to enjoy a comfortable urban life on minimal use of energy”
- “More effective use of renewable energies, such as solar power, to enhance Tokyo’s independence on fossil fuels”
- “Progress in the passive use of energy, using wind, light and heat naturally, especially in homes. The idea revolves around dynamics between buildings, and the relationship with surrounding nature”
- “The development of a greener city, with the low-CO₂ social systems and technologies that generate new urban-style businesses”
- “Finally, the 10-Year Project for a Carbon-Minus Tokyo focuses on reducing Tokyo’s 2000 Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25% by 2020”
Energy consumption by fuel type as of 2013:
- Electricity: 296 PJ
- City Gas: 187 PJ
- LPG: 32 PJ
- Fuel Oil: 284 PJ
- Other: 2 PJ