This year, Songpa-gu was selected as the district that best monitors the activities of companies that discharge environment pollutants. In the “Comprehensive Evaluation of Environmental Management by District,” conducted annually by Seoul Metropolitan Government, Songpa-gu topped the list in 2015, followed by Seocho-gu and Gangdong-gu.
Songpa-gu received high scores for its database maintenance by company and excellent inspection plans. It was also lauded for its systematic structure based on inspections and instruction and highly rated for its excellent promotional efforts.
This year’s evaluation focused on: establishing a pleasant living environment for citizens, building a fair and transparent environmental administration, and implementing effective inspection and instruction tasks.
The “Environmental management of companies that discharge environmental pollutants” comprehensively evaluates the number of inspections of and instruction sessions provided to relevant businesses and the proportion of businesses that violated the relevant requirements of the law. The proportion of enterprises that violated the requirements increased slightly from 12 percent last year to 13 percent, and the total number of enterprises against which the government took legal action was 86, which translates to 30 percent, considerably less than the 37 percent last year.
Based on this year’s evaluations, Seoul Metropolitan Government will induce other districts to benchmark the examples of exemplary districts through training and networking and plans to take supplementary measures to address any problems faced by districts that performed poorly.