|1967–1987||Mayor: Tani Gohei|
|Goal: Pollution abatement||Established Environmental Bureau (1971)|
‘The City of Kitakyushu Pollution Control Ordinance’ (More stringent than national laws)
Agreements to prevent pollution, began enforcing measures against major companies, individualised target-setting
|1987–2007||Mayor: Kouichi Sueyoshi|
|Goal: Resource circulating society, zero waste emissions, new environmental industry||“Eco Town Plan”|
Development (1990s) of Kitakyushu Eco Town Plan approved by National government 1997.
Creation of an Eco-Industrial Complex (29 plants), Hibiki Recycling Area and Practical Research Area (15 facilities). Eco Town reduces 380,000 t of CO2 per year (FY2010) (OECD 2013)
“Grand Design” on World Capital of Sustainable Development (2004)
|1990 United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Award|
1992 Earth Summit UN Local Government Honours
1995 Asian Environmental Award
2002 Johannesburg Declaration recognised the Kitakyushu Initiative (Knowledge-sharing network of cities)
2007–2008 Japan’s Top Eco-City Contest first place
|2007 – present||Mayor: Kitahashi Kenji|
|Goal: Low Carbon society|
50% emissions reduction by 2030 on 2005 levels and 150% Asian region-wide
|“Green Frontier Plan”|
Established the Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, which is a grouping of local government, research institute and public body, the Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative Association, aimed at expanding environmental business through city-to-city cooperation.
|2008 Approved as an Eco-Model City (Japan)|
2011 Approved as a Future City (Japan)
2013 “Green Asia” Comprehensive Special Zone 20% of company earnings involved in relevant projects deducted from tax.