SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 23, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it will select the best “cool-down dressers” among officials who wear simpler and cooler clothing, such as short pants and sandals, to promote public servants’ work efficiency and save energy in hot summer.
It has made an internal notice on the event and is receiving applicants until July 24. A total of 20 best cool-down dressed employees will be selected from the applicants on July 26 by the Green Seoul Citizens’ Committee, the city’s environmental governance body. Gifts such as camping chairs and portable mobile phone chargers will be given to the selected officials.
Also, the city government plans to hold a cool-down fashion show during a monthly meeting in July to encourage more employees to participate in the “cool-down dress” policy.
During the summer, the Seoul Metropolitan Government maintains its office temperature at 28°C, the optimal indoor temperature recommended by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.
Since the heat wave is expected this year following last year’s record-breaking hot weather, the city government intends to introduce this cool-down dress policy in an effort to promote its employees’ work efficiency and improve the organizational environment.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been carrying out a “casual dress campaign” in summertime sage campaign since 2012. According to the campaign, civil servants are encouraged to wear shorts, no-tie and sandals in the office. If they have a meeting where outsiders also participate, they courteously explain about the city government’s cool-down dress policy and encourage them to participate.
If you dress cool, you can feel cooler around by 2°C, which helps maintain the proper indoor temperature (26°C to 28°C). If every people in Korea raise air-conditioning temperature by 2°C from the current level, about 274,540 tons of greenhouse gases can be reduced a year, which is equivalent to planting 41.2 million of 30-year-old pine trees. (※ Source: Practice Regulations to Save One Ton of Greenhous Gas Per Person, 2016, Korean Climate and Environment Network)
Also, maintaining the proper indoor temperature would reduce symptoms of air-conditioning sickness, such as headache, dizziness, and dry skin, and boost the immune system.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to produce a video clip about this cool-down dress campaign to promote it to citizens as well. In addition, it will stage the campaign with the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to spread it to the private sector.