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Green Transformation (GX)

January 13, 2023

In the “UTokyo Compass,” a statement of the guiding principles of the University of Tokyo, which was made public on September 30, 2021, the University of Tokyo has positioned Green Transformation (GX) as one of the pillars of its action plan, which includes leading international GX. In the future, the University of Tokyo will accelerate specific initiatives, including the formulation of a roadmap to achieve virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions of the university as a business entity and collaboration with the local communities where its campuses are located.

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UTokyo Climate Action

In October 2022, the University of Tokyo published the UTokyo Climate Action (CA), an action plan to achieve virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan calculates greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1, 2, and 3, and sets reduction targets for each Scope by 2030, 2040 and 2050. The development of this plan is a necessary process for a participant "Race to Zero" campaign to fulfill its responsibilities. Additionally, the plan provides baseline information for students, faculty, and staff to work together to strengthen the University of Tokyo's sustainability activities. The progress of the plan will be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary.

GX and UTokyo

This series looks into green transformation (GX)-related initiatives at UTokyo, through interviews with key faculty members. The university is taking actions to realize a sustainable society within the Earth’s capacity.

UTokyo Green Transformation Logo

UTokyo Green Transformation Logo

The UTokyo GX (Green Transformation) logo depicts blue and yellow ginkgo leaves, the symbol of UTokyo, rotating and merging to create a green color to visually render the green transformation. The transformation of the ginkgo leaves’ shapes and color while retaining their original form also represents the university’s proactive approach toward GX.

Launch of the Energy Transition Initiative – Center for Global Commons

ETI-CGC (Energy Transition Initiative – Center for Global Commons), a platform of industry-academia collaboration was launched on November 5, 2021 with an aim to develop Japan's pathways to achieve decarbonization (net zero greenhouse gas emissions) by mid-century.

Through the ETI-CGC, the University of Tokyo will contribute from an academic standpoint to Japan's economic and social system transition required for achieving decarbonization.

The University of Tokyo's Participation in the "Race to Zero" Campaign

In response to a call by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the University of Tokyo has joined the "Race to Zero" campaign, becoming the first Japanese national university to do so. UTokyo has declared its commitment to achieving virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The participation in the "Race to Zero" campaign is the first effort of the University of Tokyo toward the realization of GX.

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