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Snow-cool Japan ready for G8

Hokkaido will be a warm 30°Celsius in July, but when global leaders gather there for the 2009 G8 summit, they will feel pleasantly cool in snow, reports Chetan Chauhan.

world Updated: Dec 19, 2007 01:12 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Hokkaido will be a warm 30°Celsius in July, but when global leaders gather there for the 2009 G8 summit, they will feel pleasantly cool in snow.

Tetsufumi Yamada, the chief coordinator for the G8 Summit at the Hokkaido prefecture government in north Japan, said: “The entire media centre would be cooled using snow. It would be the world’s first experiment to reduce energy intensity to be undertaken at a meet of top global leaders.”

The snow would be stored around Rusutsu skiing resort that will host nearly 3,000 delegates and mediapersons. It would be piped to the media centre and pushed into shafts around the centre to keep the venue cool. Around July 19, when the summit would be held, the temperature outside is expected to hover around 30°C.

The experiment coincides with the agenda of the summit — to agree for climate change mitigation — a step forward from the Bali climate conference which decided to draw a mitigation road map by 2009. It was Hokkaido’s green record that helped it win the bid to host the summit against Kyoto, the city where Kyoto Protocol on climate change was signed a decade ago, and Yokahama.