Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it would award incentives worth 460 million won as well as certification as high energy-saving building to 92 buildings that have posted achievements in energy saving through aggressive investment in the improvement of energy facilities and 13 “excellent power-saving sites” that spearheaded energy-saving campaigns during winter.
By calculating the volume of energy use including electricity, city gas, and tap water as the volume of greenhouse gas emission among Eco Mileage group member buildings, the city selected 92 high energy-efficiency buildings in the first half of 2013 by evaluating energy saving records and cases of buildings that saved more than 10 percent energy compared to the same period for the two previous years. It will provide financial incentives of up to 4 million won per building, or a combined total of 296 million won.
According to SMG, it evaluated 3,300 Eco Mileage group members subject to evaluation this time and found that the volume of greenhouse gas emission declined 3.3 percent from the previous year; this is equivalent to approx. 90,000 tons (91,646 tons) reduction of greenhouse gas.
In addition, more than 2,100 buildings or 64 percent of the 3,300 member buildings were found to have contributed to greenhouse gas reduction through energy-saving activities. The volume is equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 14 million 30-year-old pine trees for 1 year. Calculated in terms of energy, it amounts to 30,000 TOE, a volume of energy that can power 40,000 passenger cars for 1 year.
“We will expand diverse forms of assistance and incentives to member buildings that take the lead in energy-saving campaigns, including the subsidy of costs for various projects to improve energy efficiency,” Seoul Metropolitan Government said.