ICLEI’s East Asia HQ Relocates to Seoul Global Center

The East Asia Secretariat of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability, the world’s largest environmental organization, moved to the Seoul Global Center in Seorin-dong on July 30.

Established in 1990, ICLEI operates eight regional secretariats around the world including the one in Seoul.

At present, a total of one thousand-plus local autonomous bodies and their associations from 84 countries have joined the organization. It has a World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, eight regional secretariats including those in Seoul, New Delhi, and Cape Town, and four country offices including those in Suwon, South Korea and Oakland, United States.

Seoul Metropolitan Government expects Seoul HQ to be able to carry out its activities more efficiently, since many public institutions and international organizations such as Immigration Office, Seoul IDRC, CityNet, and foreign embassies are housed in the same building.

The East Asia Regional Secretariat of ICLEI plans to strengthen its relationships with Chinese cities to encourage them to pay more attention to environmental issues in the second half of the year through programs associated with ICLEI’s vision, such as climate and energy.


Compare Prices of Secondhand Goods at 35 Recycling Centers with a Few Clicks

Seoul Metropolitan Government started operating the integrated homepage (http://fleamarket.seoul.go.kr/rcmarket/index.do) where people check the list of recycled goods and their prices at 35 recycling centers run by the 25 autonomous district offices.

The recycling centers are operated to promote the recycling of large items, such as refrigerators, washers, TV, air conditioners, and furniture. Those who are interested can purchase these goods at good prices.

In the first half of the year, a total of 103,884 of such items were collected by Seoul Metropolitan Government. The city has accumulated a total of 3.969 billion won in proceeds from selling them.

Seoul Metropolitan Government expects the integrated homepage to encourage people to buy recycled goods by enabling access to information on items that they may need more conveniently.


Please help us find small pieces of idle land.

□ Seoul Metropolitan Government continues to implement the 2013 Turn Urban Project which is designed to use small pieces of land left idle as in last year. This year’s mission is to collect ideas for small pieces of land. Submittals will be received by August 28.

□ The Take Urban Project is a project designed to turn small pieces of land into major space. Findings will be received via homepage, postal mail, email, or in person no later than August 28.

  • Homepage: http://wow.seoul.go.kr
  • Address: Landscape Division, 1-dong Seosomun Annex Bldg., Deoksugung-gil 15, Jung-gu, Seoul (postal code: 100-739)
  • E-mail: parkman73@seoul.kr
  • In-person submittal: Seoul City Hall (Landscape Division) and Autonomous District Offices (Park & Landscape Division/Green City Division)

□ Application may be submitted for small pieces of land that can be turned into useful space with some refurbishment and is located near a residential area or a commercial arcade left unused, or whose redevelopment plan has been canceled.

  • For privately owned land, the landowner’s consent should be obtained.

□ Interesting stories about such small pieces of land will be searched. Diverse attempts will be made, including installation of artworks or formation of landscaping space.

※ The final decision will be made by the Judging Committee in September. People whose ideas are selected will receive a prize.

2012 Take Urban in 72 Hours – photos of installed work pieces

?? Sleepless Fri, Sat, Sun team (Underground corridor, Gyeongbokgung Station, Subway Line 3) – Grand Prize winner

?? The Design Community team (Entrance to Hanok Village, Namsan)

Diverse Ways to Spend a Good Time in Hangang (River) – Pleasure Boats and Fireworks Show

This August, Seoul Metropolitan Hangang Project Headquaters will hold fireworks shows near Banpo Bridge and offer a 30% discount on fares for pleasure boats (not those for fireworks show) to users of the riverside campsite as part of the Hangang Haengbok Mongttang (Great Happiness) Program.

The fireworks shows will be held every Saturday in August (except August 31). Each show will last for ten minutes, and it will be preceded by the Banpo Rainbow Water Fountain Show (for 10 minutes from 8:00 PM).

During the program period (until August 20), riverside campsite users can enjoy a variety of water leisure sports and have the privilege of a 30% discount on fares for pleasure boats operating in the afternoon (those starting from Yeouido Ferry between 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM/※ excluding the lunch buffet pleasure boat).

You have two choices for the fireworks show: on a pleasure boat that will take you quite close to the site, or on the riverside place in Banpo.

The fireworks show pleasure boats will start from ferries in Yeoui-do and Jamsil at 7:30 PM and reach the site at 8:00. Pleasure boat passengers will be given a souvenir, a noctilucent bracelet.

  • Event date: Four Saturdays of August (3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th)
  • Fireworks pleasure boat fare: 22,000 won for adults, 20,000 for teens, 17,000 won for children
  • Buffet cruise boat fare (including buffet meal): 69,000 won for adults, 37,000 won for children
    (※ The fare for fireworks pleasure boats is not subject to the aforesaid discount.)
  • Inquiries on pleasure boats:
    E∙LAND cruise Tel.: +82-2-3271-6900/homepage: www.elandcruise.com

Seoul’s Particle Density in 2012 Records Lowest Level

The average particle density in Seoul (41㎍/㎥) was reported to have recorded the lowest level in 2012 since the observation was started in 1995 (78㎍/㎥). The level stood at 61㎍/㎥ in 2007.

○ Particle density: 78㎍/㎥ (1995) → 61㎍/㎥ (2007) → 41㎍/㎥ (2012)

○ Good visual range (20km or more): 76 days (2007) → 274 days (2012)

○ Good air quality (30㎍/㎥ or less): 66 days (2007) → 130 days (2012)

○ Poor air quality (more than 100㎍/㎥): 49 days (2007) → 5 days (2012)

Seoul Metropolitan Government disclosed the air quality assessment report for 2012 on July 23 together with the details on the homepage for air quality information (http://cleanair.seoul.go.kr). Said report, which is drawn up annually based on the relevant data released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government-run Research Institute of Public Health and Environment, has been kept at the National Archives & Records Service (NARS) and the Seoul Metropolitan Library.

Seoul Metropolitan Government has continued to make efforts to improve overall air quality through the following methods: absorption of dust particles occurring on roads; road washing; management of flying dust particles occurring in construction sites; adoption of low-polluting diesel vehicle, and; adoption of buses and road cleaning vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel.

Regarding the detection of high level (27%) of nitrogen oxide in buildings, Seoul Metropolitan Government encourages buildings to use low-nitrogen oxide burners to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. It has recommended to the Ministry of Environment the adoption of criteria for nitrogen dioxide emissions for household boilers as a fundamental step.

Other measures to be taken by Seoul Metropolitan Government include the installation of a device for the reduction of dust particles and nitrogen oxide on large cargo trucks and commuter buses and replacement of dilapidated engines of construction equipment (1,150 units by 2014, etc.).

Seoul Metropolitan Government to Install Green Space and Rainwater Tank on a School Rooftop

Having installed last April a rainwater tank dubbed Green+Blue Rooftop on the rooftop of the Seosomun annex building of Seoul City Hall, Seoul Metropolitan Government will install a similar system combined with green space on the rooftop of Cheongun Middle School, Jongno-gu on a trial basis.

The plan includes the formation of green space on the 285.5㎡-sized rooftop with a rainwater tank below the space. This is part of efforts to control repeated flooding in Gwanghwamun, which were warmly received by the school authorities.

According to Dr. Gwon Gyeong-ho at the Engineering Research Institute of Seoul National University, such system helps prevent the stored rainwater from flowing down the drainage immediately; this means avoiding flooding in a specific area during the rainy season.

The rainwater tank installed below the green space on the rooftop helps the stored rainwater flow down the drainage system slowly. It also offers other advantages such as heat insulation and landscaping. The green area can be used as a vegetable garden.

The Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government will analyze the effect of said system. Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to expand such system to public buildings if the result of the analysis is positive.

Touch4good Named 2013 Environment Grand Prize Recipient by Seoul City

Touch4good was named recipient of the 2013
Environment Grand Prize by Seoul City for its role in the development of
environment-friendly everyday habits, including the adoption of upcycling related
to waste tarpaulin, invigoration of recycling, and 
optimizing urban-type
environmental education.


Seoul City asked district offices and environment/energy
organizations to recommend those engaging in voluntary activities for
environmental conservation as candidates for the prize, which was launched in
2008. This year, a total of 96 people or organizations were submitted as


A total of 21 people or organizations were
finally selected as prize winners for the year based on screening jointly conducted
by the City Auditor, experts at environmental/energy institutions, and members
of the screening committee.


Grand Prize winner Touch4good is a social
enterprise run by those in their 20s and 30s. It makes practical goods loved by
young people using waste materials such as waste tarpaulin and carries out
environmental education for children.


The Grand Prize was also awarded to the
following: Ecotop Co., for its development of technology for the restoration of
the natural environment; Mr. Park Seung-ok for his effort in the construction
of solar power plants; stage company Nalja for its activities designed to help
children enhance their environmental consciousness; Yurim Landscaping, which
set up a plan for the formation of a neighborhood park in Chang-dong, and;
Green Elpis for its role in the improvement of the environment of a shanty


Second-tier prizes were awarded to the
following: three organizations in the green technology sector; three
organizations in the energy-saving sector; four organizations in the
environmental conservation sector; three organizations in the
landscaping/ecology sector, and; two organizations in the green village sector.


The prize-awarding ceremony was held with
500-plus people attending, including families of prize winners and ordinary
citizens. A fashion show featuring hand-held fans and cool business attire was
held as an ancillary event.

Turning 34 Universities in Seoul into Green Campuses


  Universities are usually regarded as energy-guzzling places. In connection with the ongoing energy saving campaign this summer, which is seeing one of the worst power supply situations in recent years, 34 universities in Seoul signed an agreement with Seoul City to join the campaign to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

  In a ceremony held on June 25[u1] , Seoul City and the presidents of 34 universities in Seoul agreed to work together to turn universities into green campuses and make Seoul an exemplary environmental city through energy saving and carbon dioxide reduction.

  At noon on June 25, Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon and the presidents of 34 universities in the city gathered together at the Korea Press Center and signed an agreement for joint efforts to reduce energy consumption by 10% by 2017.

  The representatives of universities vowed to fulfill their social responsibility by carrying out the green campus campaign to join in efforts to cope with climate change and pursue sustainable development through the ff.:▲ gradual execution of the plan for greenhouse gas reduction; ▲ launch of body dedicated to putting the goal of green campus into practice, and; ▲ prioritization of energy saving.

  They also agreed to join efforts to turn Seoul into an energy-producing city. Toward that end, they will set up a plan for the establishment of greenhouse gas inventory and low-carbon infrastructure within each university. Seoul City will provide diverse forms of support to universities in connection with their energy-saving activities, including provision of up to 2 billion won at a low rate of 2.0% per annum for buildings that newly install energy efficiency devices or adoption of a new & renewable energy system, such as solar power plant.

  Earlier in the day, the representatives of 34 universities in Seoul held the Inaugural Meeting for the Seoul Green Campus Council at Seoul City Hall. During the meeting, Sungkyunkwan University was elected as Chair University of the council, with Korea, Hanyang, and ChungAng Universities and Seoul National University of Science & Technology named Vice Chair Universities. Seoul National University was elected Auditor University.

  Said council will engage in the following activities in connection with the campaign to turn universities into green campuses: exchange of information, sharing of success cases with others, personnel exchanges, etc.

  The universities that agreed to join the Seoul City-initiated campaign accounted for 81% (i.e., 34 out of the 42 four-year universities).

  Later that day, Seoul City, Seoul Green Campus Council, and Seoul Institute held a symposium on how to form green campuses in commemoration of the launch of said council.

  Commenting on the launch, Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon noted that it is very significant for the representatives of universities to have agreed to join the energy saving campaign this summer when we are experiencing one of the worst power supply situations. “We at Seoul City will do everything we can to support their efforts to turn their schools into green campuses,” he vowed.

List of universities that signed an agreement to join the energy-saving efforts

School President Tel.
Konkuk University Song Hee-yeong 450-3114
Kyunghee University Jo In-won 961-0040
Korea University Kim Byeong-cheol 3290-2765
Kwangwoon University Kim Gi-yeong 940-5025
Kookmin University Yu Ji-su 910-4136
Korea Christian University Lim Seong-taek 2600-2400
Duksung Women’s University Hong Seung-yong 901-8017
Dongguk University Kim Hee-ok 2260-8568
Dongduk Women’s University Kim Yeong-rae 940-4088
Sangmyung University Kang Tae-beom 2287-5028
Myongji University Yu Byeong-jin 1577-0020
Sogang University Yu Gi-pung 705-8976
Seokyeong University Choi Yeong-cheol 940-7027
Seoul National University of Science & Technology Namgung Geun 970-6066
Seoul National University of Education Shin Hang-gyun 3475-2227
Seoul Christian University Lim Jong-un 380-2516
Seoul National University O Yeon-cheon 880-5149
University of Seoul Lee Geon 6490-6412
Seongkonghoe University Lee Jeong-gu 2610-4142
Sungkyunkwan University Kim Jun-yeong 760-1116
Sungshin Women’s University Shim Hwa-jin 920-7049
Sejong University Shin Gu 3408-3907
Sookmyung Women’s University Hwang Seon-hye 710-9050
Yonsei University Jeong Gap-yeong 2123-2201
Ewha Womans University Kim Seon-uk 3277-2878
ChungAng University Lee Yong-gu 820-6099
Chongshin University Jeong Il-ung 3479-0215
Korea National Open University Jo Nam-cheol 3668-4253
Korea National University of Arts Park Jong-won 746-9071
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Park Cheol 2173-2114
Hansung University Kang Sin-il 760-4114
Hanyang University Lim Deok-ho 2220-0144
Hanyoung Theological University Han Yeong-hun 2067-4533
Hongik University Lim Hae-cheol 320-1022

Jogyesa Temple to Take Part in the Campaign for 10% Reduction of Energy Consumption

Jogyesa Temple, a leading temple of the Jogye Order of Buddhism, will take part in the campaign for reducing energy consumption by 10% in an effort to put into practice Buddha’s teaching not to kill any living creature and join in the worldwide efforts to cope with climate change.

Such step by the temple is taken to cooperate with Seoul City concerning the latter’s energy saving campaign under the slogan “Let’s Reduce the Number of Nuclear Power Plants.” The temple plans to reduce energy consumption by 10% in 3 buildings within the temple and 25 affiliated offices outside by the end of October 31.

Even in the past, the temple made it a rule to hold the monthly sermon session — held every first of the month (lunar calendar) — without using electric bulbs. It has also taken part in similar campaigns such as Turn off the Lights for Earth Hour on March 23 and Earth Day event held on April 22.

Jogyesa’s decision to join in the energy saving campaign is based on the temple’s understanding of the seriousness of the energy problem and is in response to Seoul City’s efforts to disseminate awareness of such need throughout the entire society.

In connection with the energy saving campaign participated in by Buddhist temples including Jogyesa, Seoul City will help them meet their targeted 10% energy consumption reduction by having them go through an energy consumption diagnosis by experts.

Seoul City will provide the personnel in charge of management of the temple’s facilities with educational sessions on how to save energy, in addition to doing the following: provision of timer multi-tap for water purifier; periodic checkup of power saving, and; presentation of letter of commendation to exemplary buildings.

Jogyesa will take positive steps to cooperate with Seoul City in the energy saving campaign by encouraging Buddhists to join in the city’s proposed eco-mileage system and holding educational sessions for them.

Even before this, Seoul City signed agreements with the representatives of Catholic and Protestant churches at the end of last year and early this year to solicit their participation in the energy saving campaign.

Seoul Metropolitan Government Secures 28 Year-long International Emissions Allowance for its Photovoltaic (PV) Project

Seoul City has secured 28-year-long international emissions allowance for its photovoltaic (PV) project, which has been registered as part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

CDM is one of the methods of greenhouse gas reduction adopted under UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) with the effectuation of the Kyoto Protocol in 2005. Registered businesses or other entities receive emissions allowances from the UN based on their record concerning greenhouse gas reduction projects.

Countries required to reduce greenhouse gases can readjust their emissions using the emissions allowances secured. They can also sell their right for emissions to other countries. Although not yet a country obligated to reduce greenhouse gases, South Korea can have its record of emission reduction recognized by registering with CDM.

There are two types of registration with CDM: Bundling of small-scale CDM project activities and Programmatic CDM (28 years for emission reduction CDM).

Under the scheme, Seoul City can register its additional right each time its PV project is completed. The city’s record of emission reduction for 10 years from the date of registration is to be recognized during the effective period of 28 years (from 2011).

According to Seoul City, its plan for the installation of PV facilities in public institutions affiliated with the city was registered with UNFCCC as programmatic CDM in December 2012. It received the final notice of confirmation last June following the procedure of document screening and onsite inspection.

This has been the first case of such registration by Seoul City. Due to the specific procedure for registration, only 164 cases (6 cases for South Korea, including the one stated herein) have been registered with the Programmatic CDM.
Seoul City is entitled to secure emissions allowances until 2039 per reduction of greenhouse gases accomplished through the installation of PV facilities. The city plans to secure 306,000 tons of emission allowances during said period with the installation of 2MW PV facilities every year.

The Programmatic CDM with which Seoul City has been registered recognizes the PV facilities installed by other public institutions as part of the record, even if they do not belong to Seoul City.

Accordingly, Seoul City will focus its efforts on the exploration of the portions that can be registered additionally while carrying out continued education and promotion among the autonomous district offices in Seoul and affiliated public institutions. The methods of use of the secured emissions allowances will be decided in consultation with the relevant parties.

Seoul Metropolitan Government to Fine Businesses that do not Comply with Energy Saving Instructions Starting July

Starting July, buildings that do not comply with Seoul City’s energy saving instructions will be slapped with a fine of up to 3 million won per case. The energy saving instructions include keeping the entrance doors shut or maintaining indoor temperature of not lower than 26℃ while the building’s air-conditioner is turned on.

The country is experiencing the worst power supply situation this summer. Considering such situation, Seoul City, together with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Energy, will ensure that the energy saving campaign is strictly observed particularly in eight leading commercial districts in the city, such as Myeong-dong and Gangnam-daero.

Officials will check by visiting each of the 13,000-plus buildings using 100kWh of electricity. The frequency of visits will be at least twice a week.

The check will exclude medical facilities, social welfare facilities, kindergartens, school classrooms, laboratories, and computer rooms.

Seoul Metropolitan Government Starts New Program for Energy Saving Campaign


Seoul Metropolitan Government has started the Ha-ha-ha (literally meaning “one thing a day during the summer”) Campaign as part of efforts to get over the dog days and save energy wisely.

On July 5, Seoul Metropolitan Government held the Summer Cool Fashion Show and a session for teaching how to make hand-held fans at the Seoul Citizens’ Hall.

The city will again give hand-held fans to 100 visitors to Seoul Metropolitan Government Hall every day between July 8 and August 22 (Energy Day) at the information desk as souvenir of the energy-saving campaign.