Voluntary agreement on the use of eco-friendly paint made
Thu Jul 14 00:00:00 KST 2011
The Ministry of Environment and six public institutions including the Korea Expressway Corporation made a voluntary agreement on the use of eco-friendly paint on July 13. The agreement stipulates that participating institutions should announce their plans for purchasing eco-friendly paint and the result of implementing them.
※ Participating institutions: Korea Land & Housing Corporation, Korea Expressway Corporation, SH Corporation, Incheon Urban Development Corporation, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, Korea Automobile Inspection Maintenance Association
In the case of an oil paint, organic solvents are mixed for dilution and they contain VOCs such as toluene and xylene, which are released into the atmosphere. VOCs generate ozone in the air and cause sick house syndrome such as headache and dizziness. According to data by the Metropolitan Air Quality Management Office, VOC emissions in the metropolitan area in 2007 was about 290,000ton and among them, VOC emissions by the use of paint amounted to about 37percent(110,000ton). Thus, the ministry has implemented policies to improve air quality of the metropolitan area since 2005 and plans to reduce VOC emissions by 65percent by 2014 through limiting VOC content, expanding the use of water paint and supporting technology development.
Many users are reluctant to use eco-friendly paint, which is more expensive by 10~20% than general paint as well as water paint, which falls behind oil paint in quality and takes long to be dried. Therefore, the ministry decided to promote making the voluntary agreement to reduce VOC emissions by the public sector and induce related companies to participate in the policy voluntarily.
Based on the voluntary agreement, participating institutions will make plans to purchase eco-friendly paint, implement the plans and announce the result on their website. Also, the government will make institutional strategy by supporting technology development, providing information and discovering good practices. It is expected that the voluntary agreement can lead to VOC reduction by 250ton a year and contribute to expanding distribution of eco-friendly paint and promoting technology development.
Water purification to be conducted in Paldangho Lake
Fri Jul 15 00:00:00 KST 2011
The Han River Environment Research Center conducts water purification in the waterside of dumulmeori in Paldangho lake on July 17 based on a public-private partnership.
About 200 from ten groups including the Han River Environment Research Center will participate in the activity and collect wastes in the water and waterside using 10 motorboats and diving equipments, etc. Also, local governments will dispose of the collected wastes and large wastes including ships will be treated by separate measures.
Dumulmeori is where Bukhangang and Namhangang meet and has been designated as a source water protection area, thus fishing is prohibited and consistent efforts to improve water quality and preserve water ecosystem are needed. In addition, as the location for many television drama series and films, dumulmeori has attracted more than 400,000 tourists every year.
In an attempt to publicize the importance of environmental preservation and induce citizens to participate in water quality protection activities, the Han River Environment Research Center will continuously carry out water purification backed by public-private cooperation.
Advanced CCS technology to be introduced for greenhouse gas reduction
Wed Jul 13 00:00:00 KST 2011
As the main technology for reaching the greenhouse gas reduction goal ― 30% compared to 2020 BAU levels ― Carbon dioxide Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology will be introduced.
Taking charge of environmental management in the 8th meeting of the Presidential Committee on Green Growth, the Ministry of Environment decided to conduct development and commercialization of CCS technology through cooperation with related departments. According to IEA, CCS technology will amount to 19percent of GHG reduction of the world in 2050.
As CCS technology has been commercialized and its legal framework has been made in many countries, the ministry has concretely thought about CCS technology. In particular, advanced countries including North America, Europe and Japan have actively conducted researches on CCS and implemented related regulations.
An affiliated organization of the Ministry of Environment held the 2nd International Environment Forum for CCS in Seoul on July 5, 2011 to share experience on researches and understand risk factors. The organization invited 8 experts from Canada, the U.S., Germany and Japan to have an opportunity to know about the current status of researches and monitoring and verification technologies of environmental management. The International Environmental Forum for CCS, which has been held under the joint auspices of the National Institute of Environmental Research, the Korean Environment Corporation and the Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute since 2010, is expected to become a foothold for greenhouse gas reduction projects.
Korea and Latin America Green Partnership Forum held in Seoul
Tue Jul 12 00:00:00 KST 2011
Beginning with the Korea and Latin America Green Partnership Forum in Seoul on July 12, the Ministry of Environment, the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute and the Korea Latin America Green Convergence Center will conduct support activities for green business among Korea and Latin American countries for a week.
In the forum on July 12, 30 decision-makers from 13 countries including Mexico and Columbia and about 50 domestic companies will participate to have a consultation on winning contracts for projects to build water supply and sewage treatment systems and waste disposal facilities, etc. With the expectation of growing by 8% annually for the next ten years, Latin American environmental market is one of major emerging markets. Backed by rapid economic growth and political stabilization, environmental regulations have been reinforced and plans on building a large-scale environmental infrastructure have been made actively. In particular, Brazil has the largest market in South America and demand for environmental infrastructure is increasing as it was selected to hold the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. Also, Columbia, Peru, Chile and Ecuador have promoted projects to build environmental infrastructures aiming at improving environmental service level.
During the event period, the ministry plans to have a bilateral meeting with Chile, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Costa Rica on environmental cooperation. Since 2008, the ministry had made an MOU with four Latin American countries and will develop environmental cooperation projects after the forum. Also, the Korea Latin America Green Convergence Center will hold a conference on environmental issues of Latin America so as to exchange knowledge among experts. An official from the ministry said having been unfamiliar among domestic environmental companies, Latin American environmental market has enormous potential, thus Korean companies should actively participate in the event and understand the market more deeply.
< Korea and Latin America Green Partnership Forum >
• Date: July 12 ~ 15, 2011
• Venue : JW Marriot Hotel, Seoul
• Participants : 30 from 13 Latin American countries & 100 from 50 domestic companies
• Hosted by the Ministry of Environment / the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute
• Supervised by the Korea Latin America Green Convergence Center (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
- Korea-Latin America Green Partnership Forum & Business Meeting (July 12)
- Korea-Latin America bilateral meeting on environmental cooperation (July 13)
- Korea-Latin America Green Convergence academic forum (July 12)
- Field trip to advanced environmental facilities (July 14)
One million tons of GHG reduced by landfill gas utilization project
Mon Jul 11 00:00:00 KST 2011
The Ministry of Environment and the SUDOKWON Landfill Site Management Corporation announced that from December 2007 to December 2008, 1,009,657 tons of greenhouse gas was reduced, which is equivalent to emission by 430,000 vehicles a year (assuming that a vehicle emits 180g CO2/km and drives 13,000km a year).
With regard to the reduction, the SUDOKWON Landfill Site Management Corporation went through verification and certification by CDM DOE and applied for CERs. It is expected that it can obtain CERs in this October after final deliberation by UN.
※ CDM : Clean Development Mechanism
CERs : Certified Emission Reductions
DOE : Designated Operational Entity
As the second issuance of CERs by the Corporation, it is expected to become twice as large as the first one.
The CDM project has been promoted by the SUDOKWON Landfill Site Management Corporation without other advanced countries' technology and capital. Although the first application for verification, certification and CERs took about 20months, it was completed in about 12 months this time, showing the fact that the Corporation's capability to conduct CDM projects has been enhanced. The ministry and the corporation plan to take the lead in adaptation to climate change by obtaining CERs of 7million tons of CO2 for the period of the CDM project -- ten years.
50MW Landfill Gas Power Generation Plant
Pan-national campaign to collect used mobile phones proceeded successfully
Fri Jul 08 00:00:00 KST 2011
Since April, 2011, the Ministry of Environment has carried out a pan-national campaign to collect used mobile phones and expects that it can reach the goal of collecting 1.5million used mobile phones and donating profits of about one billion won to the needy.
Although more than 27million used mobile phones containing precious metals are generated annually, the rate of collection is only about 21percent (7.60million). However, through the campaign, about 860,000 used phones have been collected centering on local governments, telecommunications companies and mobile phone manufacturers, reaching 57percent of the goal as of July 1st.
In an attempt to accomplish the goal during the rest of the campaign period, the ministry will enhance incentives for mobile phone donators and encourage PR activities. People can visit retail stores of telecommunications companies or manufacturers, or community centers of local governments to donate used mobile phones. Collected mobile phones will be recycled by gathering metal resources.
In addition, the ministry conducted an event to intensively collect used mobile phones from officials of the ministry on July 7th. Emphasizing the fact that the collecting campaign can become a significant first step to recycle metal resources and contribute to helping the needy, the ministry asked the public to have more interest and participate in the campaign.