In the modern era, cities worldwide are facing a variety of challenges that cannot be overcome using traditional methods. Tokyo, too, is tackling global urban issues such as those related to the environment, disaster resilience, and finance by combining cutting-edge technology, digital expertise, and a fresh perspective gained from learning from the past. At the heart of this effort lies the concept of SusHi Tech Tokyo.
SusHi Tech Tokyo is derived from the concept of Sustainable High City Tech Tokyo. First, it reinterprets the art of sushi, which has traditionally elevated seasonal ingredients into a cultural delicacy, through craftsmanship and skill. It then encapsulates the desire to create "sustainable new value" through state-of-the-art technology and shares it with the world, emanating from Tokyo.
One of the initiatives that embodies this aspiration is the Tokyo Bay eSG Project announced by the city in 2021. This project aims to build a sustainable city, even 50 or 100 years from now. It does so by reevaluating the city's structure and societal norms to overcome crises.
The project encompasses about 1,000 hectares including the coastal subcenter and the central breakwater area in the south. With the convergence of facilities related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and a well-balanced mix of work, residence, education, and leisure functions, along with a world-class logistics terminal, this project enjoys an ideal location for execution.
Leveraging this environment, the goal is to achieve zero emissions through digital technology. Making use of the waterfront location facing the sea and canals, the project plans to develop parks and green spaces while meeting all energy demands by using renewable energy centered around hydrogen.
A Global Model City that Pioneers New Values
The "eSG" part of the project's name not only encompasses the original concepts of ESG (environment, social, governance) but also refers to concepts like ecology and economy, as well as "epoch-making" endeavors. The image of the desired city is condensed within this name.
The first major target for realization is set for 2030.
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