The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)

Constructing a green technology database in order to create resource-recycling communities in developing countries

Activity grant

Project Description

In order to solve the increasingly urgent issue of waste disposal in developing countries, companies and regional governments in these countries need to turn their regions into eco-towns with the aim of creating recycling-based communities. As a part of these efforts, this project aims to encourage and support eco-town planning iniatives by creating and making available a database providing information on green technology and systems, as well as other relevant topics. Specifically, this will involve research into the green technology requirements needed to advance plans to turn Penang, Malaysia, and Bandung, Indonesia, into eco-towns. This will be followed with a study of technologies being used in eco-towns in Japan to see how its application fits with the needs identified in the previous research, detailing factors such as the background, characteristics, usage methods, and transferability of these technologies. A substantial database will be built containing this data, as well as information on topics such as Japanese regulations and measures regarding waste disposal, and will be presented to the two cities and made available online.

Energy problem
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2009 - March 2012
Grant amount
18,290,000 yen
Activity region
Penang, Malaysia; Bandung, Indonesia, eco-towns in Japan (26 locations)
Studying an effluent treatment facility at a pharmaceutical plant in Bandung, Indonesia

Overview of the Organization

Hideo Miyahara, President
Hideo Miyahara, President
Establishment purpose
GEC was established with the aim of contributing to environmental conservation around the world, particularly in developing countries, by participating in global environmental initiatives and leveraging the wealth of conservation knowledge and experience found in Japan to support initiatives being implemented in large cities in developing countries under the UN Environment Program (UNEP).
Main areas of activity
Japan and overseas
23 full-time members
Annual operating budget
713.34 million yen in 2006, 627.40 million yen in 2007, 262.16 million yen in 2008
Recent activities
GEC conducts two types of activities - activities that support UNEP initiatives, and activities that provide a foundation for this support or advance global cooperation.
  • (1) Activities that support UNEP initiatives
  • a) Developing environmentally sound industry and eco-towns in the Asia Pacific Region
  • b) Disseminating information on environmentally sound technology (EST)
  • c) Addressing city water issues (websites on water and sanitation)
  • (2) Activities that provide a foundation for supporting UNEP initiatives or advance global cooperation
  • a) Researching CDM/JI initiatives, etc.
  • b) Conducting Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) group training
  • c) The Ha Long Bay Project in Vietnam
  • d) Holding various international symposiums, etc.