Green city Seoul, where people and nature live in harmony, values the future and prioritizes the environment.
- Waste Management Policy
To meet the growing demand for a better waste disposal system, the SMG has committed to providing innovative cleaning services and coming up with a waste disposal system which can satisfy sanitation workers and the general public. The SMG is dedicated to managing waste to achieve a 71% recycling rate and 30% reduction in food waste, and to minimize landfill waste by 2020.
* Efforts to Reduce Food Waste : There is increasing interest in large-size reducers and RFID volume-based food waste disposal systems which can cut down on waste by 80% and 30% respectively thanks to the full adoption of the volume-based food waste disposal system. Seoul has been working on achieving the goal of applying the RFID system to 70% of multi-unit buildings in the city.
- Air Quality Improvement Policy
Seoul continues to make an all-out effort to enhance air quality through various policies to achieve the 20% reduction target of ultrafine particle concentration by 2018. To this end, the government set up detailed strategies encompassing transportation, industries and non- industries and the living environment sector. Also, Seoul forged the Northeast Asia Cooperative Network to reduce pollutants. Policies to reduce fine dust which have been implemented since 2002 resulted in successful outcomes. Recently, the government has focused on reducing ultrafine particles to improve air quality.
- Energy Policy
Seoul declared the One Less Nuclear Power Plant Project in order to improve energy self-sufficiency, as the city consumes much energy but has lower energy self-sufficiency. The city government successfully reached its target of reducing 2 million TOE, equivalent to the production capacity of 1 nuclear power plant, by June 2014 through producing renewable energy, boosting efficiency and cutting down consumption. Based on this success, the SMG has collected various ideas from experts and citizens and is launching Phase 2 of the project, under the slogan of “Energy Housekeeping City”, to achieve 20% of power self-sufficiency and to cut 10 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Seoul will be reborn as an international environmental city to create a virtuous cycle in energy.
- Water Management Policy
Seoul has made all-out efforts to supply clean tap water and treat sewage in an eco-friendly way in order to create a city where humans, water resources and nature can coexist. ‘Arisu’ is the brand name of Seoul’s tap water supplied to 10 million Seoul citizens. Arisu is the essence of Seoul’s water supply policy which has been improved over the last 10 decades, boasting world-class water quality. Approximately 50 million tons of daily sewage, excreta and food waste water generated by Seoul citizens are reclaimed and released safely at 4 sewage treatment facilities operated by the SMG. Seoul will remain committed to carrying out more stringent and sophisticated water management policies to enable citizens to enjoy safe and secure water.