Y-PORT Program

A. Case Study Overview

1. Activity/ Project Title:
Y-PORT Program
2. Themes:
Climate Change, Infrastructure, SDGs
3. Summary:  

Due to the rapid concentration of the population as a result of significant economic growth and urbanization, emerging countries such as those in Asia are facing various urban issues. The City of Yokohama was also faced with similar issues due to high economic growth during the post-war period. By overcoming numerous issues, such as delayed infrastructure development and the pollution caused by the rapid increase in the population, together with its citizens and companies, Yokohama was able to develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly city.


Since January 2011, the City of Yokohama has been implementing the Yokohama Partnership of Resources and Technologies (Y-PORT) Program in order to utilize its experiences in urban development and technologies and know-how of private sector to help cities in emerging economies to solve their urban issues and also Yokohama companies to expand their businesses overseas.

4. Sector:
City : YokohamaInternational Affaris Bureau
5. Implementation Period:

January 2011~

6. Project Site :
City of Yokohama, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Fiji, etc…
7. Stakeholders&Partners:
【Y-PORT Center Partners】
JGC Corporation
JFE Engineering Corporation
Chiyoda Corporation
Hitachi, Ltd.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
【Y-PORT Partner Cities】
Cebu City, Philippines
Da Nang People’s Committee, Vietnam
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand
Batam City, Indonesia
【International Organizations】
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
CITYNET Yokohama Project Office
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Investment and Technology Promotion Office, Tokyo

B. Objective:

8. Objectives:
To utilize its experiences in urban development and technologies and know-how of private sector to help cities in emerging economies to solve their urban issues and also Yokohama companies to expand their businesses overseas

C. Activities

9. /Activities:
  • City to city collaboration
  • Supporting for formulate policies and plans
  • Asian Smart City Conference
  • Urban Development Forum
  • Sharing city management expertise
  • Providing the smart urban solutions

D. Challenges and solutions:

10. Challenges and solutions:

To solve urban issues in cities in emerging economies, it is essential to co-create innovative solutions with those concerned with city management in these cities. YOKOHAMA is ready to provide this type of support through translating our own city management expertise and adapt it to emerging economy situations and also present cutting-edge technologies and solutions of the private sector.


【Holistic Approach】

This scheme will provide a prototype concept for these smart urban solutions provided to cities in emerging economies by the City of Yokohama and private firms. The target areas are: (1)waste separation and recycling promotion, (2)wastewater treatment systems, (3)green buildings and factories, (4)smart energy management, (5)efficient mobility, and (6)disaster risk reduction. We believe that with further refinement (so-called “translational adaptation”) based on respective local social, economic, and financial conditions, these prototypes can serve as ”best available” integrated infrastructure packages.

E. Outcomes and Impacts:

11. Outcomes&Impacts:

【Policy formulation support Cases】

Cebu City

  • Mega Cebu Vision 2050
  • The Roadmap for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu

Da Nang City

  • The Action Plan for Sustainable Development of Da Nang City
  • Build Da Nang City – the Environment City Plan period 2021-2030


  • Bangkok Master Plan on Climate Change 2013-2023


【Project Cases】

  • Recycling of waste plastic
    Recycling waste plastic as fuel and establishing circular economy (Philippines)
  • Introducing high-efficiency pumps to waterworks facilities
    Improving water supply operations through energy saving at waterworks facilities (Vietnam)
  • Delivery of sludge dehydrators to public sewage treatment plants and private plants
    High-efficient sludge dehydrators for wide application of septage management (Philippines)
  • Supplying electricity through the rooftop installation of solar power generation systems for factories
    Solar power generation facilities and advanced energy management systems appropriate for each installation (Thailand)
  • Leak detection technology (countermeasures against non-revenue water in the water supply business)
    Making Most of Limited Water: efficiently detecting water leaks by combining skilled sound detection expertise and advanced sensors (India, Vietnam)
  • Smart city consulting
    Exporting Yokohama’s urban development through Public-Private Partnerships (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • Construction of large-scale wastewater treatment plants
    Wastewater treatment plant for urbanized cities (Vietnam)
  • Anti-rust measures in public buildings
    Addressing rusting water pipes in aging buildings (Mongolia)
  • One-stop energy-saving service for private-sector factories
    Saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by total package from diagnosis to implementation (Vietnam)

F. Budget:

12. Budget:

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