Volume 45: Energy Transitions toward Carbon Neutrality: Part VIII

Sustainable Energy City: Learning from Japan’s Model Azlin Mohd Azmi, Hazran Husain, Nur Farzana Athirah Mohd Fadzli, Nofri Yenita Dahlan



Rapid urbanization and rising energy demand in cities have stimulated research into sustainable energy solutions. The challenges reside in designing cities that not only meet energy needs but also reduce their environmental impact. This necessitates a comprehensive framework that integrates the necessary elements for the development of sustainable energy city. Japan has risen to the challenge by incorporating renewable energy, energy storage, and innovative energy management technologies into its urban planning. This study seeks to evaluate Japan’s approach to sustainable energy city development and recommend a framework for Malaysia or developing economies alike on sustainable energy city deployment. Additionally, it suggests a business alliance between Japan and Malaysia to promote socioeconomic benefits and sustainability objectives in both countries. A visit to a sustainable energy city in Japan was conducted for on-site evaluation of infrastructures and technologies, as well as interviews with the management company. Japan’s comprehensive approach to supportive policies and incentives has aided in the development of sustainable energy cities supported by public-private partnerships and active community participation. The key energy components of the Japan’s case study include both energy management and resilience approach. The proposed cooperation between Japan and Malaysia has the potential to promote long-term growth, shared prosperity, and contribute to global efforts in combating climate change.

Keywords solar energy, advanced energy technologies, sustainable smart city, public-private partnership, urban planning, climate change

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