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Tackling emissions targets in Tokyo

The University of Tokyo

Developed countries are increasingly been pressurised to reconsider their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. There is an inevitable knock-on impact on national industry, with revised expectations. Deeply committed to the realisation of a sustainable society, the University of Tokyo (Todai) has been taking a number of initiatives.

A sustainable campus project

In 2008, Todai launched a university-wide project, the Todai Sustainable Campus Project (TSCP), focusing on the minimisation of ghg emissions. The TSCP aims to be a model case for the creation of a sustainable low-carbon society in Japan, as well as creating a global sustainable campus movement with other domestic and overseas universities and research institutes. Integrated into this, is the desire to create energy-saving technologies and methodologies that can be used across industries, thus contributing to the national economy.

The specific targets for the first phase of the project, TSCP-2012, between 2008 and 2012, are to reduce CO2 emissions from non-academic activities by 15% from 2006 levels (13% in terms of total CO2 emissions at the university). TSCP-2030, the second phase of the project scheduled to end in 2030, will reduce CO2 emissions by 50% from the 2006 levels.

Todai Sustainable Campus Project (TSCP)
Todai Sustainable Campus Project (TSCP)

Graduate Programme in Sustainability Science

Launched in October 2007 as an interdepartmental programme of five departments, this course in Sustainability Science is at both Master and PhD levels. It consists of Knowledge and Concept Oriented Courses, Experiential Learning and Skills Oriented Practical Courses, and a thesis. The Knowledge and Concept Oriented Courses are composed of core modules on diverse subjects of sustainability from a holistic point of view and elective courses. Experiential Learning and Skills Oriented Practical Courses include exercises needed to gain practical skills for actions in the real world.

Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S)

Founded in August 2005, the IR3S links various academic disciplines to generate new, practical knowledge in the quest to achieve global sustainability and cultivate specialists capable of acting internationally on the development of a sustainable society. It faces two main challenges. First is the development of a worldwide sustainability science network. The IR3S is trying to connect its own network to similar networks of researchers around the world. (Recently, the United Nations University joined the IR3S). The second challenge is education. The IR3S has established a joint-degree system comprising master’s degree programmes at five universities: the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Hokkaido University, and Ibaraki University.

Network of Networks (NNs)

The issue of global warming is so complex and intertwined that any individual research institute cannot tackle effectively. Based on this recognition, numerous research networks have been established to date. Todai has moved a step further and established the Network of Networks. This is a comprehensive network, or a meta-network, linking existing networks, thereby maximising cooperation among universities and institutes. This exercise will enable us to learn from each other and organise and structure our efforts toward establishing innovative approaches. As of July 2010, the NNs website offers a static search function with the database of 81 universities and institutes around the world.

Network of Networks
A comprehensive network linking existing networks
Network of Networks
A comprehensive network linking existing networks

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