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Seoul city announces `green` plan

Seoul city announces `green` plan

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Published : 2010-03-30 17:27
Updated : 2010-03-30 17:27

The Seoul Metropolitan Government yesterday unveiled its master plan for "low carbon and green growth."
The city plans to spend a total of 45 trillion won ($35 billion) by 2030 to make Seoul one of the greenest cities on the planet.
Plans include the creation of one million "green jobs" and a "green market" worth 170 trillion won through the development of green technologies based on information technology, nanotechnology and biotechnology, officials said.
The green technologies deal with hydrogen fuel cells, solar batteries, green buildings, luminescent diodes, green cars and climate-change adaptation.
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The city has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from levels in 1990, and energy consumption by 20 percent from levels in 2000. It plans to increase the use of new renewable energy up to 20 percent of total energy consumption.
To achieve that goal, the city plans to enhance the energy-efficiency of all buildings which measure a minimum 2,000 square meters, by improving illumination, weatherization systems, as well as heating and cooling facilities. The target is to make 10,000 "green" buildings by 2030.
The city also plans to replace all buses and taxis with those powered by batteries and electricity by 2020, and to increase the use of public transportation to 70 percent from the current 62.5 percent.
The creation of 207 kilometers of bicycle paths is also planned.
To deal with climate change, the city has created five specialized sectors to deal with infectious diseases, high temperatures, water shortages, weather damages and ecosystem disturbance.
The city will establish a new division wholly dedicated to implementing such plans, officials said.

(sshluck@heraldcorp.com)

By Song Sang-ho

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