The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change.
The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels completely in just over 25 years’ time.
Energy will be generated locally through community energy initiatives and will provide a clean and self-sustaining source of heat and electricity throughout the area.
A coalition of green energy groups welcomed the decision at a Community Power Conference held in Fukushima this week.
- @Stefangsaenger on Twitter: Deputy mayor of
#Kitakata asks #communitypower community to help reconstruct the area with #renewables
- Mr Sakurai, Mayor of Minamisoma: “I want to create a city of renewable energy. I hope we can be a model for the world.”
- @Stefangsaenger on Twitter: After leaving
#Fukushima city, approaching #Daichi, radiation level increases pic.twitter.com/6iyiEMucn1
- @Stefangsaenger on Twitter: Landed in
#Tokyo from direction #Fukushima, radiometer showing >100 times #radiation of what it showed in Germany pic.twitter.com/gMRWE1W6VU
- Stefan Schurig on Facebook: “in Fukushima with mixed feelings. Abandoned villages, contamination metering and helplessness about the davstating impact of the nuclear accident. But also clear hints of communities setting sail to move to 100% renewable energy!”