The potential for massive ghg reduction by mass rural remigration (the renewable energy exodus): A case study for Japan

Masayuki Horio, Sawako Shigeto, Yukihiro Shimatani, Ii Ryota, Masato Hidaka

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Abstract

To break the 'carbon lock-in' mindset adopted by policy makers, the potential for mass rural remigration, as an alternative to the current trend of moving from rural to urban areas was examined. The capacity of renewable energy to maintain populations in hilly and mountainous farming regions was evaluated from two perspectives: (1) an average nationwide estimate based on the future energy demand, and (2) a conservative estimate based on the current energy demand. Because estimate (2) indicated that Hokkaido has a huge capacity, a preliminary cost effectiveness analysis was conducted first for: (A) a Supply to Tokyo scenario, and second for (B) a Local Demand Generation scenario. Both renewable energy exodus scenarios were found to have merit in promoting a sustainable future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1442-1445
Number of pages4
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume61
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Event6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: May 30 2014Jun 2 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)

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