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  • Seoul’s Eco Mileage cut 2.93 million tons of CO2 for 12 years

  • Press Releases SMG 144
    • The Eco Mileage program was started in 2009 by Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • One out of five citizens has joined the “Eco Mileage,” the city’s energy-saving incentive program, contributing significantly to responding to the climate crisis.
    • The energy saved through the Eco Mileage program over the past 12 years reached 1,161,268 TOE, equivalent to 2.387 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
    • According to the city’s plan, the eco-mileage and the car mileage will be integrated into one.
    • Energy-saving incentives will also be more diverse so that citizens are more engaged in energysaving activities in their daily lives, such as joining zero waste, recycling, upcycling, and other resource circulation.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 1, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that one out of five citizens had joined the “Eco Mileage,” the city’s energy-saving incentive program launched in 2009, contributing significantly to responding to the climate crisis.

    For the past 12 years of participation in the program, citizens have reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 2.387 million tons, equivalent to the creation of forests with a size of 3.7 times the total area of Seoul or to planting 361.63 million 30-year-old pine trees.

    The Eco Mileage program was started in 2009 by Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city offered mileages to the households, schools, and enterprises that joined the program and reduced carbon emissions by saving electricity, water, and city gas.

    With these mileages, citizens were able to pay taxes, purchase gift vouchers that can be used in traditional markets, donate trees to be planted in deserts, or take part in other low-carbon activities.

    The number of citizens who joined the program was 360,000 back in 2009 when it was first introduced, while it had increased 6.2 times to 2,225,000 as of the end of July 2121. The EcoMileage program has become an exemplary energy-saving movement participated by the citizens.

    The energy saved through the Eco Mileage program over the past 12 years with the active participation of citizens reached 1,161,268 TOE. If it is considered on the basis of its value for money, the amount would be approximately KRW 766.9 billion (USD 661.8 million). In other words, Seoul had reduced the energy that exceeds the amount of power produced by one thermal power plant in a year.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to supplement the program to provide more diverse benefits to citizens and push forward to make Seoul a carbon-neutral city.

    According to the city’s plan, the eco-mileage and the car mileage will be integrated into one. If drivers reduce the driving distance, they will receive the mileage and use it at the places where they can get the same benefits as the Eco-Mileage users do.

    Energy-saving incentives, which had previously been centered on buildings, will also be more diverse so that citizens are more engaged in energy-saving activities in their daily lives, such as joining zero waste, recycling, upcycling, and other resource circulation, using more bicycles and public transportations, and doing social contribution (donation).

    “The Eco Mileage program has developed into Seoul’s representative energy-saving program involved by more than 2.23 million citizens for the past 12 years,” said Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Climate & Environment at the Seoul Metropolitan Government. He added, “We are facing a serious global disaster due to the climate change. Seoul will support and encourage more and more citizens to do carbon neutrality activities in their daily lives.”