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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government to Require New Large Buildings to Source 10% of Energy Use from Renewable Energy, 50% of Lighting from LED

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    From now on, new buildings with total floor space of 100,000 ㎡ or more and built in Seoul Metropolitan Government and urban redevelopment projects measuring 90,000 ㎡ each are obligated to source 10 percent or more of their energy needs from renewable energy and 50 percent or more of lighting from high-efficiency LED.

    ○ The stricter requirements for the installation of renewable energy and high-efficiency LED lighting are based on the July 11 announcement of the change to “Standards of review for environmental impact assessment.”

    [Environmental impact assessment]

    • This is a planning method that comprehensively takes into account environment-friendliness as well as economic viability and technology when setting a plan, with a view to preventing environmental pollution preemptively.
    • This system is designed to predict and analyze harmful impact on the environment when a developer implements a development project and consequently seek ways to minimize the impact and have the analysis results reflected on project planning.

    ※ A good example of “principle of prevention,” which suggests that “prevention is better than cure.”

    The new requirements call for about two-fold increase from the previous standards for the obligatory installation of renewable energy facilities for 6 percent of energy use and LED for 25 percent of lighting needs. The new standard will be applied and implemented when new projects undergo environmental impact assessment starting September 1.

    Additionally, a new rule that requires developers to meet the requirements for the installation of renewable energy and LED not only when designing facilities but also at the time of project completion has been put in place. Developers should also carry out post-project management when operating the facilities for three years after completion.

    These rules are based on the revision of the “Ordinance on environmental impact assessment” announced on August 1. Previously, environmental impact assessment was conducted to focus primarily on the eco-friendly design of facilities and construction. Note, however, that the new measure has been introduced to enhance the practical effectiveness of the system by scrupulously managing the operational process after the completion of a project.

    Having upgraded the “requirements for installation of renewable energy and LED lighting,” Seoul Metropolitan City vowed to reduce considerably the volume of energy consumption by buildings, which account for half of the overall energy consumption in the city, by meticulously managing the entire process from design to completion and to post-completion operation phases.

    “With the revision of the ordinance on environmental impact assessment, the overall elements of environmental impact assessment which previously focused on design and environmental management are expected to be reinforced in a way that is more realistic and effective. We will continue to strengthen the requirements of new and renewable energy for large buildings subject to environmental impact assessment and transform conventional energy-wasting buildings into those that generate and save energy, thereby increasing the energy self-sustenance ratio of buildings in Central Seoul,” the city said.