Bid to conduct “Basic Research Preparatory to the Realization of the Green Township Malaysia Initiative” on behalf of NEDO accepted
August 8, 2011
A joint bid by The Japan Research Institute, Limited (JRI), the Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, Shimizu Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, IBM Japan, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Meidensha Corporation to conduct “Basic Research Preparatory to the Realization of the Green Township Malaysia Initiative” on behalf of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has been accepted.
The research will involve working with Chinese government agencies, government enterprises, etc., to create an action plan for the conversion of the two Malaysian cities of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya to “green townships” (eco-cities), which Prime Minister Najib Razak is promoting, and proposing specific projects on the basis of that plan.
JRI, as representative proposer, will be responsible for overall coordination of the research and drawing up an action plan, Shimizu, Toshiba and IBM Japan will research methods for the concretization of energy management systems, Toyota Tsusho, NEC and Meidensha will research methods for the concretization of EV infrastructure, the Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society will research methods for the concretization of recycling, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation will provide advice on the procurement of funds required for project startup.
The group regards this research as a model case for Japanese companies considering taking part in eco-city projects in newly developing countries on a full-scale basis, and plans to strengthen future initiatives on the basis of the knowledge gained through this research.