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Environment/Energy (Low carbon society/energy)

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs11
Prof.
HAYASHI Yoshitsugu
(Institute of Science and Technology Research, Chubu University)
Research Institutions in Japan Chubu University
Research Institutions in Thailand Thammasat University
Adoption fiscal year FY 2017
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Kingdom of Thailand
General Description of the Research Project Megacities in the developing world are faced by the issue of geometrically progressing traffic jam – the cause of loss of economic opportunities, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, and increased health risk. This study aims to solve the issue using approaches that are not yet available even in developed countries. Key components of the project include the implementation of e-smart traffic integration strategy that fully utilizes the ICT. To implement the strategy, various data (3D data, big data, etc.) are integrated and visualized on a digital earth, which encompasses the entire city of Bangkok and focuses on the Sukhumvit Street-side areas as a model district. Another key component is the development of a evaluation method for transport system and traffic condition that complies with the Thailand 4.0, a national policy aimed at transforming the country from a volume-based economy to a value-based economy. This method is designed to measure the level of quality of life (QOL) that reflects people's values and evaluate transport system and traffic condition using a factor index that shows the emission efficiency in comparison with the QOL. With this method, Asian megacities, which will soon face a rapidly aging population, acquire an ability to evaluate the SDGs’ equality and inclusiveness ahead of the developed world. Being collaboratively undertaken by Thai and Japanese young researchers, this study will also contribute to the development of human resources who can cope with major social changes such as aging.
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