Archive for June 16th, 2011

Sustainable Business News: Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town To Be Built Near Tokyo, Japan

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Last month, nine prominent companies announced that they would be working together on creating an environmentally responsible town called Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST).  The companies involved in this collaboration are Panasonic Corporation, Accenture, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Nihon Sekkei, Inc., ORIX Corporation, PanaHome Corporation, Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas. Ltd.  This smart town will be built on the vacant lot of one of Panasonic’s factory sites and it located about 30 miles west of Tokyo, Japan.  The vision for this smart town is, “to build an innovative smart town deploying services and energy systems based on Panasonic’s Eco Ideas for green lifestyles,” according to the Panasonic Corporation’s May 26th press release.

Plans for the Fujisawa SST include, “an advanced model of a town demonstrating efficient use of energy by promoting widespread use of energy-saving devices and proposing new solutions that integrate measures for energy creation, storage and management. Specifically, the company plans to preinstall its solar power generation systems and home-use storage battery systems across the town, including homes, various facilities and public zones, which would be the first of its kind in the world.” If you are interested in the specific role of each of the nine companies involved in this collaboration, click on Panasonic Corporation’s press release link above for a detailed description of the project responsibilities for each company.

The homes in the Fujisawa SST will be designed to showcase Panasonic Corporation’s “entire solutions” business model by including various environmentally responsible features.  The planned features included solar powered systems and battery storage devices in each home, as well as several other features designed to save energy like energy efficient heat pumps and air conditioning units, and LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting.  In the community at large, there are plans for wind power parks, public charging areas for shared electric vehicles, and a town layout that encourages walking to destinations.  Developers with Panasonic Corporation anticipate these eco-friendly features will assist the Fujisawa SST in producing approximately 70% fewer carbon emissions than comparable towns of the 1990’s.

The Fujisawa SST will have approximately 1,000 homes and provide living space for about 3,000 people.  The cost of this town is estimated to roughly $742 million.  Developers hope to open the new town around March of 2014.  The Fujisawa SST will hopefully be a successful smart town model in which Panasonic Corporation intends to reproduce in other parts of Japan as well as other countries.

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