Visit of an eco-district in Japan for the "EcoQuartier" label certification

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Visit of an eco-district in Japan for the

As part of the EcoQuartier label, Cerema traveled to Japan to validate the final stage of labeling an eco-district on the outskirts of Tokyo. A visit and exchanges that showed the importance given to collective life.

Anne Vial, director of the Sustainable neighborhoods and Heart of the city project at Cerema, carried out a mission to Japan from October 12 to 14, 2022 to validate the last stage of labeling the EcoQuartier Morino City in Funabashi . This mission was carried out as part of Cerema's collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition on EcoDistricts and Sustainable Cities.

A neighborhood designed to promote community life

Cerema met with Japanese experts from the University of Tokyo to discuss the project and their approach to urban development, as well as the municipal team and technicians from the city of Funabachi, and neighborhood stakeholders : association inhabitants, co-ownership trustee, promoter... For this labeling, Cerema checked that the EcoQuartier met the objectives set, whether the inhabitants had appropriated the district, how the management operates, what is the influence, the impact of the district in its environment, in the ways of working...

A visit to the Morino City EcoQuartier was organized by the Nomura neighborhood developer and by the residents' association, which is very involved in the life of the neighborhood. Built on the 12 hectares of a former glass factory, this district built from 2010 was designed to meet the challenges of energy saving and to promote living together, which is very important in Japan. A place has been made for families , for intergenerational activities that take place in common areas such as the Club House, where collective prevention or risk management exercises also take place.

The concept of Smart Share Town has guided the design, and digital tools allow all residents to monitor energy consumption, for example by carrying out challenges that are widely followed.

The plant is very present and the inhabitants are encouraged to plant on their balcony, in particular fruit trees, to cover the walls and reduce the use of air conditioning in summer. The neighborhood also has collective gardens with vegetable boxes and edible plantations on the roof of a shopping center.

The feedback from residents was very positive, there is a dynamic that allows them to develop their neighborhood. This visit was rich in lessons: the practices are different, the issues of decarbonization, sobriety, are perceived differently, collective life occupies a central place in the life of the district. A report is being drafted by Cerema. The EcoQuartier labels will be awarded in December for French and foreign participants.

French expertise in sustainable cities taken internationally

The EcoQuartier label aims to promote the emergence of a new way of designing, building and managing the city sustainably , and guarantees the quality of the projects. The objective is to bring this approach to the city to the international level , to promote French expertise on the sustainable city through a process of support and dissemination of knowledge free and over the long term. This mission was funded by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, and others will follow, notably in Poland as part of an international French delegation on the Sustainable City.

The EcoQuartier Label was revised in 2021 to strengthen support forterritories and promote the demonstrators. Cerema supports 15 territories for 3 years on the strategic and operational aspects of the development of an EcoDistrict.

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