Yokohama - Building
a sustainable future
A city that prides itself on its clean air, water and green spaces, Yokohama continues to strive to become the world’s foremost green smart city.
1. Sustainable programs for organizers
Yokohama supports organizers to create a sustainable conference in our city. If you would like to explore option of offsetting the conference’s carbon footprint, you can do so by Yokohama Blue Carbon Offset system and to contribute to preserving the beautiful ocean of the host city. Find out more about the system and other possibilities from here.
Yokohama is a compact and highly connected city that offers a range of sustainable transport options for delegates:
Hotels, shopping outlets, restaurants and countless entertainment options are all within easy walking distance of the convention center. The city has also introduced pedestrian-only areas nearby, further improving accessibility.
A bicycle-sharing system operates close to the convention center, with delegates having access to 770 bicycles that can be collected from and left at 84 stations around the city.
Sea Bus city
A cruise boat links the convention center and the neighboring park with the center of the city, with boats departing every 30 minutes.
3. Urban development softened
by greenery and flowers
Yokohama is expanding its existing open spaces and adding new greenery zones to make the city even more enjoyable for residents and convention delegates alike.
4. Actions for bringing back
wealthy marine resources
Yokohama has been welcoming ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama since 2009. Taking this world sport event as an opportunity, City of Yokohama is making efforts towards shaping biodiversity in the sea. City of Yokohama in partnership with a Japanese company purify sea water by bringing back seaweed, shellfish, and fish.
5. Clean energy
The Minato Mirai district uses a localized heating and cooling system that is designed to balance the heat load and reduce energy consumption. The city also generates energy from renewable sources and utilizes the power in local infrastructure, such as the moving walkways that connect the convention center with the nearby station.
6. Unique development
The Minato Mirai area has evolved into an innovation hub where major companies choose to locate their headquarters and R&D facilities. The city has retained, however, the values and historical and cultural assets that make the area unique.
Here are some examples of Yokohama
suppliers’ sustainable actions.
Water is saved through utilizing rainwater collected on the exhibition hall roofs. The accumulated rainwater is used for cooling the private generators and is recycled for use in toilets in the conference center. Combined with water-saving toilets, this allows water usage to be greatly reduced by 65% to 35%.
Moreover, electric power (approximately 300,000 kwh per year) generated by incinerating the industrial wastes discharged inside the facilities is reused as power in the waterfront park (local production for local consumption). The urban energy discount service“Soden Wari”, which offers discounts for generating energy from waste, is utilized.
With a view to realizing 100% recycling of wastes, illustrations are attached to separate waste receptacles, while panels explaining the flow of waste treatment are displayed. Waste reports detailing recycling rates and rate fluctuations, etc. are provided to organizers that want them, and PACIFICO Yokohama realizes a 93% recycling and waste reduction rate that is the highest among MICE facilities.
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
From Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the Restaurant & Banquet“Flora”in the first basement floor of Yokohama Royal Park Hotel was transformed into a universal restaurant offering menus catering to the dietary restrictions of various countries and religions including halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free and also addressing Japanese needs regarding“safety and peace of mind”and“healthy”based on the theme of“universal food and hospitality”. Utilizing Flora’s facilities as a dedicated kitchen, the Japan Halal Foundation granted the restaurant halal certification (All Halal Food). As a result, all menus can cater to halal needs, and it is also possible to offer menu contents that respond to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free needs.
InterContinental Yokohama Grand
The lounge and bar“Marine Blue”introduced biodegradable straws from September 2018. These were subsequently adopted in other restaurants and banquet rooms until use of plastic straws was ceased in all restaurants, lounge, bar and banquet rooms by the end of 2018. As a result, approximately 150,000 plastic straws that were used by the hotel every year have been replaced with biodegradable straws made from a new plant-derived resin obtained from maize starch, etc. These straws are ecofriendly and place no burden on the environment.
Following use, the biodegradable straws can be turned into compost with the help of microorganisms. Moreover, even if they are incinerated, they generate no harmful substances. They have acquired certification under the Green Mark, which can only be used if strict environmental compliance criteria is met, and the Biomass Plastic Mark, which is regarded as effective for reducing carbon gas emissions in incineration.