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Toyohashi University of Technology, Department of Ecological Engineering, Associate Professor Goto Naohiro

Construction of a sustainable renewable cycle in a Mongolian village

Research grant

Project Description

By conducting research on material balance in Mongolia's Hatgal village (population 3,000), the relationship between human activities and environmental burden can be clarified, and a proposal renewal cycle system can be proposed. Furthermore, we propose a methodology for the switching towards a sustainable society for small villages in developing countries by generalizing the design method of the renewal cycle system. Specifically, the research is being carried out in Mongolia's Hatgal village: (1) a survey of material consumption and waste generation and analysis between the two, (2) design of a suitable renewal cycle system for Hatgal village, (3) establishment of a methodology for sustainable renewal cycle systems that is adaptable to developing countries.

Grant year
FY2008 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2009 - March 2012
Grant amount
3,478,000 yen
Activity region
A view of Hatgal village, Mongolia where the study is being carried out

Overview of the Organization

Goto Naohiro, Associate Professor
Goto Naohiro, Associate Professor
Specialist field
Engineering infrastructure for sustainable societies
Affiliated academic societies
Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Science, Japan, The Institute of Life Cycle Assessment Japan, Japan Society of Water Environment, The Society of Chemical Engineers Japan, Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management, Architectural Institute of Japan, The City Planning Institute of Japan, Japan Academy of Consumer Education, Center for Environmental Information Science
In March 1994, acquired a research doctorate from Tokyo University's School of Engineering. In April 1994, became a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth. In June 1996, joined Japnus Co. Ltd. Stayed in this position until April 1998, and became an Assistant Engineer at Toyohashi University of Engineering, and was promoted to an Assistant Professor in January 2001. In March 2004 until March 2005, was a guest researcher at Austria's Institute of Social Ecology.
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Collaborating researchers
Toyama Prefectural University/Professor Kunori Noriyasu
Research record
Academic papers and books
  • (1) Goto Naohiro, Environmental accomplishments engineer education training program: Sustainable development co-ordinator course, Proceedings of high school lectures, 361-362, 2008
  • (2) Junzo Tachibana, Keiko Hirota, Naohiro Goto, Koichi Fujie, A method for regional-scale material flow and decoupling analysis: A demonstration case study of Aichi prefecture, Japan, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 52(12), 1382-1390, 2008
  • (3) A look at the Chinese economy from material flow, China's environmental problems(ed. Kayane Yong), Nippon Hyoroshya Co. Ltd, 177-192, 2008
  • (4) Biological homeostasis as seen from the circulatory social system, biomechanics engineering (edited by Fujiie Koichi), Coronashya, 2008 software
  • (1) Development of environmental learning software for children,, Aichi Prefecture, developed jointly with Environmental Partnership CLUB 2006-2007
  • (2) Development of an eco-town resource circulation information system in Aichi Prefecture,, Aichi Prefecture, developed jointly with Environmental Partnership CLUB, 2005-2007
  • (3) Biomass network design software, AB-NET 2008