Seoul

Republic of Korea
Mayor Won-soon Park, Elected 2011

Case Studies

Seoul's Building Retrofit Program

December 18, 2014 Seoul

Buildings account for more than half (56%) of Seoul’s total energy consumption, making building energy use reduction through efficiency and other measures a priority for the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG).

Under the Building Retrofit Project (BRP), Seoul has partnered with building owners and energy conservation companies in its efforts, which include improvements in wall insulation, installation of insulation windows and high efficiency heating/cooling devices and LED lights. The program allows energy companies to recover their up-front investments through energy savings over time, and Seoul makes these investments possible by offering competitive loans to building owners and energy service companies.

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Seoul’s Eco-mileage programme is aimed at reducing GHG emissions and global warming by improving energy efficiency and saving energy. It is also the key element of One Less Nuclear Power Plant, which is being promoted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government as its flagship energy policy goal. According to the city’s GHG inventory, households and buildings account for 71 percent of emissions, and transportation 22 percent.

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Seoul's Weekly No Driving Day program is improving air quality, congestion and saving energy. Every year, two million cars stay off the road – decreasing traffic volume by 3.7%. CO2 vehicle emissions are being reduced by 10% - a total of 2 million tons of CO2, delivering annual savings of $50 million USD in fuel costs. The improved air quality is also improving the health of residents, saving the City millions annually. The program works because it is applied during weekdays, which encourages people to use alternate modes of transport to and from work.

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