7 Jan 2002 – Japanese newspaper reported over the weekend that Tokyo city government plans to build windmills on its waterfront to supplement its energy supply. The city hopes to complete two windmills on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay by April 2003 as part of efforts to make Japan’s polluted capital more environmentally friendly.
The facilities would generate enough energy to supply about 1000 households, the newspaper said. The power project will be a joint venture with private companies, and the energy would be sold to Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) the Nihon Keizai said.
The city government has been working towards making Tokyo an environmentally friendly city and if the windmills are successful hopes to add more in 2003. It is now mandatory for all new buildings to cover at least 20 per cent of their rooftops with greenery – part of a plan to blanket city structures with 1,200 hectares of gardens over the next 15 years.
Experts say Tokyo’s congested traffic and factory smoke are creating a “heat island effect” that largely accounts for the capital’s notoriously hot and humid summers.