The GDC Renewable Energy Council (GDC REC) was established in response to the energy crisis caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. As a group of major energy-consuming cities with a population greater than 500,000, government-designated cities (GDCs) mayors agreed that it is necessary for them to promote and expand renewable energy to prevent a similar crisis in the future.
July 27th, 2011 The GDC REC was founded with 17 cities
July 18th, 2013 Niigata City joined the council
May 12th, 2015 Kumamoto City joined the council
July 5th, 2021 Chiba City joined the council
The council celebrated its 10th anniversary
Chairperson: Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City
Vice Chairperson: Yasutomo Suzuki, Mayor of Hamamatsu City
Vice Chairperson: Soichiro Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka City
Board: Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama City
Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Chiba, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Niigata, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Sakai, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Kumamoto
Secretary-General: Masayoshi Son, Chairman, SoftBank Group Corp.