The Climate & Energy Research Center, composed of specialist groups dedicated to tackling climate change (e.g. reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption), has launched various full-scale activities starting with the production of the ‘Seoul Sunlight Map’ for the expansion and supply of new renewable energy sources. To enable Seoul to make an effective response to climate change and decrease greenhouse gas emissions generated by fossil fuels by more than 90%, an independent Climate & Energy Research Center has been established under the Government Development Institute, which has seen an improvement in terms of its professionalism and effectiveness lately.
The Climate & Energy Research Center is responsible for conducting research on Seoul’s current climate change response and energy reduction policies. As such, it serves as a think tank and is developing a climate change response policy specifically tailored to Seoul. It is also in charge of research connected with Seoul’s current focus on supporting the attempt to reduce the city’s energy consumption, and on implementing its 「reduction of one nuclear power plant」policy.
The Seoul Sunlight Map program has been developed to support new renewable energy expansion and supply companies’ efforts to reduce energy consumption by the equivalent of one nuclear power plant this year. The program offers the companies energy information by indicating the amount of new renewable energy available at the time of solar energy facility installation according to a building’s location and scale (if the building’s details have been entered). Also, it estimates the quantitative effect of each company in Seoul that backs the greenhouse gas/energy reduction policy, and there are plans for research to be conducted on research and discoveries in the fields of climate change, energy, waste, and citizen participation, along with an evaluation of the effects of reduction.