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  • -Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka City International Symposium for Developing Low Carbon City- (21.10.2013)

    Date and time

    10/21/2013 (Mon.) 10:30-16:00


    Grand Front Osaka North Building B2F
    Knowledge Capital Congres Convention Center


    Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)


    Osaka City, Ho Chi Minh City


    Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese & Vietnamese)


    Osaka Prefectural Government, Kansai Economic Federation, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Osaka Water & Environment Solutions Association (OWESA)
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kansai International Center


    Kansai-Asia Environmental and Energy Saving Business Promotion Forum (Team E-Kansai)

    Participant organizations 【Japan】

    Osaka City, Ministry of the Environment, Kansai Economic Federation, JICA Kansai International Center, OWESA, United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP-IETC), private sector businesses, GEC, others


    People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, Ho Chi Minh City Architectural Planning Department, others


    Approximately 130 individuals from the Osaka side participated in this international symposium, including Vice Mayor Tanaka of Osaka City; Director General Yamamoto of the Osaka City Environment Bureau; Director Kawamata of the International Cooperation Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment; Director Tsuno, of JICA Kansai, and other participants from industry including the Kansai Economic Federation. Approximately 20 individuals participated from Ho Chi Minh City including Mayor Quan of Ho Chi Minh City, Director Kiet, of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Director Than of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology and Director Dung of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

    At the symposium, Ho Chi Minh City presented the activities aimed at the creation of a Ho Chi Minh low carbon city and its expectations of support from Japan, in response to which All Osaka from Osaka City made proposals the creation of a low carbon city. Participants viewed these presentations and agreements were made that Osaka City would cooperate and that Ho Chi Minh City would formulate a Climate Change Countermeasure Implementation Plan by 2015.

    In addition, in regards to Japanese support for the realization of low carbon society in Asia, the Ministry of the Environment explained about Japanese technology for realization of a Ho Chi Minh City low carbon city from 6 private sector companies and indicated that All Osaka and All Japan would provide support for the creation of low carbon societies.

    The agreements made through the discussions at this symposium were summarized in the "Memorandum for the Creation of a Low Carbon City" which was signed by Mayor Hashimoto of Osaka City and Mayor Quan of Ho Chi Minh City on October 22.

    Symposium Overview

    開会挨拶(大阪市 田中清剛副市長)

    Opening address (Mr. Seigo Tanaka, Vice Mayor Osaka City)

    Explained that Osaka City and Ho Chi Minh City have cooperated up until now to promote a variety of international economic exchanges and that in July of this fiscal year, Osaka City established a Low Carbon City Development Department and intended to work with private businesses to mold Ho Chi Minh into a low carbon city. Also introduced that there would be presentations by Osaka City, Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of the Environment and private businesses at the symposium.

    開会挨拶(ホーチミン市 レ ホアン クアン市長)

    Opening address(Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Mayor of Ho Chi Minh)
    Explained that Osaka has provided Ho Chi Minh with support related to environmental management, waste management and water management, and that they hoped for support in the future for the formation of a low carbon city, including energy and transportation fields. Emphasized the desire to create a foundation at the symposium to ensure that the cooperation between the two cities succeeds.
    来賓挨拶(独立行政法人国際協力機構(JICA)関西国際センター 築野元則所長)


    Visitor address(Mr. Motonori Tsuno, Director General, Kansai International Center, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA))

    Introduced that in addition to the trade, investment and other economic fields in which Japan and Vietnam have cooperated under a strategic partnership up until now, the two countries were also cooperating in a wide variety of fields including culture and security. Explained that low carbon city creation is a field in which Osaka City and businesses had accumulated knowhow, and as this is in agreement with ODA, JICA also intended to cooperate to the greatest degree possible.

    (ホーチミン市 天然環境資源局 ダオ アン キエット局長)


    <Part 1>
    "Creation of a Ho Chi Minh low carbon city"

    (Mr. Dao Anh Kiet, Director, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment )
    Explained that the population of Ho Chi Minh City was growing rapidly as a result of economic growth, and that the city was facing a variety of resulting issues including insufficient power and drinking water supplies as well as traffic congestion and increased waste amounts leading to air and water pollution. Ho Chi Minh City is said to be one of the most vulnerable cities in the world to climate change, and clearly indicated the city wished to actively support the low carbon city creation project. Also explained that the city wished for consideration of implementation of a project focusing on JCM in cooperation with GEC in Osaka City, and introduced several project examples. Lastly emphasized that the city had high hopes for support from Osaka City for the planning of the "Climate Change Countermeasure Implementation Plan" to be enacted in 2015.
    (大阪市 環境局環境施策部 髙野修一部長)


    "Proposal for formation of low carbon city by All of Osaka"
    (Mr. Shuichi Takano, Director, Environmental Policy Division, Osaka City Environment Bureau)
    Introduced what type of damages the city faces as a result of issues of air pollution, water pollution and waste management which arose from the city's rapid economic growth, and how these issues were resolved through cooperation between the government and private sector businesses. Made proposals aimed at transitioning Ho Chi Minh City to a low carbon city based upon the results of local surveys conducted this fiscal year in Osaka in the waste, urban development and energy fields. Explained that in order to enact these proposals, it was important to introduce the technologies of Osaka and Kansai businesses to Ho Chi Minh City, and that Osaka would make concentrated efforts towards the realization of a Ho Chi Minh low carbon city including cooperating with the formation of a Climate Change Countermeasure Implementation Plan.
    (公益財団法人地球環境センター(GEC) 事業部 白石賢司部長)


    (Mr. Kenji Shiraishi, Director, Project Division, Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC))
    Explained that the centre was carrying out surveys this fiscal year aimed at establishing an operation and maintenance management system to start up a cooperative organization between Osaka and Ho Chi Minh which would receive packaged environmental administration and environmental technology with a focus on JCM activities centering around Osaka-Ho Chi Minh cooperation, as well as systematic and organizational support, and explained the details of the surveys. Also expressed that as the organizer of these surveys, GEC was also making efforts towards strengthening the foundations of the team Osaka operation and management maintenance systems, including coordination and financial aspects, aimed at further sharing of information required between the two cities.
    (環境省 地球環境局国際連携課国際協力室 川又孝太郎室長)


    <Part 2>
    Special lecture "Japanese support for realization of Asian low carbon societies"

    (Mr. Kotaro Kawamata, Director, International Cooperation Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment)
    Introduced support provided by the Japanese government to enable leapfrog development in developing nations. Explained that a number of feasibility studies are carried out under the Ministry of the Environment on support for introduction of low carbon technologies developing nations focusing in JCM, and that Ho Chi Minh City in particular was considered an important city for JCM large scale project formation studies. Also explained that financial support was planned in cooperation with JICA and ADB from next fiscal year in order to propagate new low carbon technologies.


    Japanese technologies for the realization of a Ho Chi Minh City low carbon society
    "Reduction of greenhouse effect gases through energy conserving buildings"

    (Shimizu Corporation)
    Introduced technologies from among construction energy saving technologies for which introduction efficacy was high in surveys in Ho Chi Minh City up until now. Explained that energy usage could be reduced to approximately 1/3rd through a combination of various energy controls, such as introduction of optimization of air conditioning systems and lighting equipment and introduction of smart BEMS, and that even if the reduction in greenhouse effect gases was small for each individual building, large reductions could be expected by propagating these technologies throughout the entire city.


    "Waste power generation project Appropriate disposal of waste aimed at sustainable development"

    (Satisfactory International K.K., Hitachi Zosen Corporation)
    Presented results of survey conducted in Ho Chi Minh City on the introduction of waste power generation plants. Emphasized that not only could reductions in greenhouse effect gases be expected through combination of waste power generation plants and sorting work including separate collection, recycling and composting of relevant waste materials, but also co-benefits that final landfill waste amounts could also be reduced to approximately 10%, greatly prolonging the lifespan of final disposal sites.


    "Survey on industrial drainage processing (Interim report)"
    (EX Research Institute Ltd., Kobelco Eco-Solutions Co., Ltd.)
    Announced the interim results of surveys on current conditions and policy of industrial complexes in Ho Chi Minh City carried out in order to examine the potential for introduction of suitable types of waste treatment plants from next fiscal year onward. Explained that it is possible to introduce new high efficiency equipment or sludge processing at industrial complexes in addition to renovating existing drainage treatment facilities, as well as the potential for introduction of technologies with high co-benefit effects such as pollution prevention in industrial clusters where facilities of the same industry are gathered.


    "Measures for CDM and safe eco-driving promotion"
    (Nippon Express Co., Ltd.)
    Introduced measures carried out by Nippon Express in various Asian countries, mainly Malaysia, China and Vietnam, aimed at reducing greenhouse effect gases. Explained that in Malaysia in particular, digital tachographs were introduced and training courses were implemented for safe eco-driving, which promoted reduction of greenhouse effect gases and safe eco-driving as a CDM registered project. Also explained measures other than eco-driving such as modal shifts and high efficiency operation management.


    "Improvement of shuttle bus services"
    (Nikken Sekkei Research Institute)
    Introduced that studies were being carried out of creation of systems to encourage residents to use public transportation such as ecopoints and park-and-drive based on measures for improving the appeal of public transportation which were carried out in Japan. Emphasized that for all measures, the systems would promote usage of public transportation through use of the knowhow and dynamics of private sector businesses.


    "Preparation of an electric motorbike/community cycle using environment"
    (Chuo Fukken Consultants Co., Ltd.)
    Announced the results of studies held on the introduction of electric motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City. Proposed 3 policies for conversion to electric motorbikes since the merits of electric motorbikes are much greater than those of gasoline bikes. Explained that going forward issues related to the performance and propagation of electric motorbikes will be compiled, and test introductions will be carried out in select areas.
    <Part 3>
    Symposium summary
    (Mr. Hitoshi Yamamoto, Director General, Osaka City Environment Bureau)
    Announced the chairperson summary proposal which summarized the contents of the symposium. Announced that the chairperson summary details were finalized as a memorandum which was signed by the Ho Chi Minh City mayor and Osaka City mayor Hashimoto on the 22nd.
    株式会社エックス都市研究所、株式会社神鋼環境ソリューション 株式会社エックス都市研究所、株式会社神鋼環境ソリューション

    Ho Chi Minh City/Osaka City "Memorandum for the Creation of a Low Carbon City" signing ceremony
    Date and time:October 22, 2013 (Tues.) from 10:15
    Location: Osaka City Office 5th fl. Mayor's Office
      Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Mayor Ho Chi Minh City
     Mr. Toru Hashimoto, Mayor Osaka City

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