Japan embarks on fast track to a green future

Published on: 
24 Feb 2020
Author: 
Azure Pan

Highlights of LEED in Japan in 2019

Over the past year, Japan has made significant strides in green building leadership, and continues to expand its impressive LEED portfolio. In 2019, Japan saw LEED-registered projects such as Mori Building’s Toranomon-Azabudai project break ground, and distinguished projects receive prestigious LEED certification, such as Maeda’s ICI Lab Exchange achieving LEED Platinum status, and the UNIQLO Kawagoe Store being awarded the first LEED v4.1 Gold in Japan. There are currently 268 projects participating in LEED across Japan, comprising approximately 29.5 million square feet of space, equivalent to the size of 49 Nippon Life Marunouchi Garden Towers, which was certified LEED Gold in 2015.

As one of the world’s most dynamic capital markets and real estate markets in terms of its depth, reach, sophistication, and connectivity, Japan has led the adoption of the Principles for Responsible Investment (or PRI, which was developed by an international group of institutional investors reflecting the increasing relevance of environmental, social and corporate governance issues to investment practices) in the past two years since the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) became a signatory. The nation has also seen tremendous growth of GRESB — the leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the world — recording the highest number of participants from Asia in the annual GRESB assessment. With ESG investing playing an increasingly important role, Japan is now home to a diverse collection of LEED project types including offices, shopping malls, data centers, logistics, education facilities, and more.

Every story about a green building is a story about people. Every story about LEED is a story about leadership. Japan’s green building community keeps raising the bar, boasting a total of 245 LEED professionals, including 3 LEED Fellows.

 

Group photo of USGBC North Asia team with LEED projects representatives

The Green Building Symposium, organized by USGBC in partnership with Green Building Japan, is an annual event for green building professionals to share knowledge and best practices. The 2019 Symposium brought together a host of speakers from prominent companies across the region such as Taipei 101, Beijing Constructions and Engineering Group, Delta Electronics, UL, Maeda, MSCI, and GLP to provide expert insights and perspectives.


The 2020 Green Building Symposium co-hosted by USGBC and GBJ will take place at Hitotsubashi Hall, National Center of Sciences Building 2F, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on Oct 12, 2020.