Making Fukuoka Smart East a reality: "Now" and "in the future" (3-part series)
~ Part 3: How will we respond to climate change?

As climate change causes increasingly severe disasters, Fukuoka Smart East aims to create a model city that can be proud of its future by utilizing innovation (cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking ideas) to address the risks of climate change.


[Disaster Risk Due to Climate Change]

Large-scale disasters caused by climate change have been increasing in recent years. It is becoming increasingly important to anticipate and be prepared for such disasters, to know how to evacuate smoothly in the event of a disaster, and how to continue living even if the energy necessary for daily life is cut off.

Furthermore, it will be important to reduce disasters themselves by curbing emissions of greenhouse gasses, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a factor in climate change. How can we make energy and buildings with low CO2 emissions more ingrained in our daily lives? How can we use CO2-emitting energy more efficiently?

In order to cope with climate change, which is becoming a major challenge as well as to cope with the declining birthrate and aging population, Fukuoka City aims to realize an ideal smart city in which services and initiatives that utilize ever-evolving cutting-edge technologies and groundbreaking ideas, which we call "Gijo" (technical assistance), are implemented.


[Image of a smart city]

For example, a town where evacuation routes and actions are simulated according to various disaster risks such as earthquakes, and optimal evacuation plans are made by utilizing digital spaces created on a regular basis based on BIM data* that imitate actual topography and landscapes. Also, in the event that electricity or gas supply is disrupted during an emergency, a backup, independent, emergency energy source is secured in the town.
*BIM data...Building Information Modeling data, which is 3D data created during building design.

Image of data showing evacuation routes on a map

For example, a town where buildings with different uses are linked through energy pipes so that energy can be used efficiently throughout the community, where energy that does not produce CO2 emissions, such as the use of hydrogen and solar power generation, is ingrained in daily life, and where facilities and buildings allow people to live comfortably using less energy.

Image of solar power panels installed on a roof


Such a smart city would be a disaster-resistant, environmentally friendly, safe, and convenient city that people would want to live, work, and visit.

However, the implementation of such "technical assistance" may require the digging up of roads or the reconstruction of buildings, and if the existing hardware cannot be changed, the effect will be limited. In order to maximize the effect, we believe it is important to promote urban development from the very early stage when the land is still raw, through collaboration and dialogue between the private sector, which is responsible for hardware development, and the private sector, which implements various "technical assistance" programs.

Image of a smart city with multiple layers of technical assistance


This is the final article of the "Fukuoka Smart East: "Now" and "in the future" series. In the last issue, we discussed the declining birthrate and aging population, and in this issue, we discussed a smart city with "technical assistance" to cope with climate change. Each of the various services and initiatives introduced here are already being implemented in Japan and overseas. However, in fact, there is no smart city anywhere in the world where these various "technical assistance" are folded together in layers and layers.

Fukuoka City hopes to realize a smart city that can solve various social issues and support the lives of people who live, work, and visit Fukuoka City, which does not yet exist anywhere else in the world, through collaboration among industry, academia, government, and the private sector.


 Part 1: "Review of the past and future prospects"
 Part 2: "How will we cope with the declining birthrate and aging population?"


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