The Korean government will carry out a series of policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.
At a policy briefing meeting held at Cheong Wa Dae on December 27, the Ministry of Environment announced the details of its plans, starting in 2011, to achieve the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020.
To do so, the ministry will introduce a comprehensive "green card system" to widely apply the existing "carbon point system" in which people receive carbon points by saving water, electricity or gas, using public transportation or purchasing green products.
|President Lee Myung-bak (center) at a policy briefing meeting of the Ministry of Environment which took place at Cheong Wa Dae, Seoul, on December 27. (Yonhap News)
To expand the volume of green products market to 30 trillion won by 2015, the ministry will expand the number of items with green product certifications, reform the existing green stores that sell green products, and build more of these shops nationwide.
To reduce transportation related carbon dioxide emissions, the government will supply 1 million electric vehicles by 2020 and introduce a strong incentive system for low-carbon cars that emit less than 100 grams of greenhouse gas per kilometer.
In regard to the ministry’s test-operation of the food waste reduction campaign, the ministry will expand the national campaign to local government organizations and apply the current food waste meter-rate system, which some selected local entities participate in, to all local government bodies by 2012.
The ministry will also set up environment policies in regards to water quality and the water ecosystems of 47 rivers by 2020. To achieve that goal, the government will restore and improve eight selected rivers by 2012.
The ministry also aims to improve the quality of life for citizens by carrying out lifestyle-related environmental policies.
The ministry will set up detailed environmental policies to mitigate the four environmental factors of city life: the level of ambient noise, indoor air, artificial lighting, and bad odors. It will also expand the provision of vouchers for environmentally-friendly health guide services and eco-tour programs for low-income households.
By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer