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10th Asia Smart City Conference: World Bank Session “Low Carbon Solutions in Designing Sustainable Cities”

October 28, 2021

Yokohama, Japan

  • High density of cities has facilitated conditions for productivity gains and income growth, but also resulted new urban issues challenging the path to sustainable development. While occupying 2% of the global landmass, cities generate over 80% of the global wealth and generate 70% of the world’s emissions.

    In this backdrop, global cities have been strengthening their commitments towards sustainable development and adopting strategies to meet UN Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Accord targets. For developing countries, smart solutions leveraging low-cost and high impact technologies are widely available to assist cities for sustainable and resilient development. However, these scalable solutions require careful planning and coordination so that these solutions are centered on the users. Whilst deploying these solutions, it is equally important to expand the institutional capacity of governing organizations and to ensure that no citizen is left out from the digital divide.

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) has been collaborating with the City of Yokohama, a partner city of TDLC’s City Partnership Program (CPP), along with Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) in the Asia Smart City Conference in Japan to bring together Japanese and global experiences in applying low-carbon smart solutions to achieve sustainable urban development.

    The 10th Asia Smart City Conference, commenced online on October 26, 2021, focused on the theme of “Building smart cities aiming for carbon neutrality through city-to-city collaboration” and brought together representatives from major Asian cities, government agencies, international organizations, academic institutions and the private sector.

    The World Bank session of ASCC, hosted by TDLC, featured insights from World Bank urban development practitioner to presented overview of smart city development with case studies from developing countries. It also presented case studies from Japan on smart city development solutions and policies.

  • Introduction to the session

    15:10 – 15:15 (JST)


    • Victor Mulas
      Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank

    Session 1: Role of the World Bank in Fostering Smart City 

    15:15-15:30 (JST)


    • Narae Choi
      Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank   

    This session took a look at the global status of smart cities – the supply and demand side of smart city development observed from the Global Smart City Partnership Program (GSCP) of the World Bank. The session introduced key lessons-learned emerging from on-the-grounds experience of smart city development project along with case studies.

    Session 2: Smart Solutions towards Reducing Carbon Emissions 

    15:30-16:05 (JST)


    • Takanori Arima
      Executive Director, Overseas Environmental Project Department, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu
    • Tetsuya Aoyama
      General Manager, Office of Strategic Planning and Resilience, City of Toyama
    • Shuji Okazaki
      Director of Project Promotion Division, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama

    This session explored smart solutions and policy tools from Japanese cities in promoting sustainable development and carbon reduction. The segment unpacked some of the insights and key consideration in designing and promoting smart city solutions and the lessons learned from the city of Kitakyushu, Toyama and Yokohama.


    *In no particular order. 


  • DATE/TIME: 15:10 – 16:10 (JST) Thursday, October 28, 2021*
  • *: The event starts at 10:30am JST. The start time of the World Bank session may be subject to change.
  • VENUE: Virtual
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation will be available)
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PR