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  • Seoul ramps up efforts to transition to electric transportation
    등록일 2021-09-07 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) plans to deliver 270,000 electric vehicles for public transportation by 2025 as part of efforts to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.   Transportation accounts for one fifth (19.2 per cent) of all the South Korean capital’s greenhouse gas emissions.   Electric push   To achieve this goal, the city government plans to raise the supply of new vehicles by 50 per cent annually to 175,000 cars by 2025. As part of this plan, approximately 15 per cent or 10,000 of all taxis in the capital will be electric by 2025. The SMG also plans to install charging stations at taxi garages.   Additionally, the city will add a total of 3,500 buses to its public bus fleets by 2025. This will make more than 40 per cent of all Seoul’s buses electric. Starting from 2021, public bus companies are required to purchase only zero-emission vehicles. Older fossil fuel buses will be the first to be replaced by electric ones. The SMG aims to provide electric buses to religious organisations, private companies, and tourist agencies in the near future. Seoul will add 62,000 electric motorcycles by 2025. In particular, the city reports that every one of the 35,000 motorcycles used for delivery services will be replaced with electric motors. In addition, the SMG will add 19,000 electric trucks. All new package delivery trucks will be electric starting in 2022. As for school buses, 20 electric vehicles will operate this year as a pilot programme. The SMG said it hopes to achieve a conversion of every school bus to electric from 2023.   Historically, Seoul subsidised sales of electric vehicles. Now, it will add additional incentives by expanding charging infrastructures. By installing 200,000 additional electric charging stations by 2025, the ambition is that there will be only a five-minute walking distance between the stations, making EV charging more convenient for 500,000 new EV owners. Rapid charging stations will be installed at major transportation hubs, such as parking lots for transit, public, athletic and cultural facilities. In residential and office facilities, slow charging stations will be installed. In particular, the SMG will use resident-priority parking lots to provide charging stations in densely populated areas with inadequate EV infrastructures.   “By building more charging infrastructures in advance, the SMG will make a city where electric cars are easy to drive,” said Yoo Yeon-Sik, director general of climate and environment.   Citizen engagement   In a separate announcement, the SMG reports that one fifth of all citizens (2.225 million) had signed up to “eco mileage", the city’s energy-saving incentive programme launched in 2009.   The city’s inhabitants’ participation in the programme, has led to a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of some 2.387 million tons, equivalent to the creation of forests with a size of 3.7 times the total area of Seoul or to planting 361.63 million 30-year-old pine trees, according to the SMG.   The city offered mileages to households, schools, and enterprises that joined the programme and reduced carbon emissions by saving electricity, water, and city gas. Using the allocated mileages, citizens were able to pay taxes, purchase gift vouchers that can be used in traditional markets, donate trees to be planted in deserts, or participate in other low-carbon activities. https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/smart-cities-news/smart-cities-news/seoul-ramps-up-efforts-to-transition-to-electric-transportation-6861
  • Seoul Implements Various Policies for Hangang River Water Quality Improvement
    등록일 2021-08-10 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Seoul Implements Various Policies for Hangang River Water Quality Improvement As a result of the continuous efforts of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), the water quality of the Hangang River, which flows across Seoul, has become cleaner. In 2020, every index that evaluates the water quality of the Hangang River has exceeded the target value that was set by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). This is due to various policies executed by the SMG, including the water pollution cap. The water pollution cap is a system in which the quantity of pollutants that flow into the river is controlled not to exceed the set total quantity. Each autonomous district must control the water quality to attain and maintain the target quality set by the MOE, and if not, development activities are limited. The SMG has implemented diverse policies aside from the water pollution cap for effective improvement of water quality. It has strengthened the criterion of the quality of the water that is discharged from four sewage treatment centers so that it becomes tighter than legal criteria, monitored the water quality through 82 water quality measure networks and responded to any risks. In the second half of this year, the SMG will be setting the action plan for the second-step water pollution cap (2021–2030). The SMG will achieve the water quality goal for 2030 set by the MOE, and find various ways for a clean and safe water environment.
  • Seoul Selected by Monocle as the 11th Most Liveable City
    등록일 2021-07-24 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Seoul Selected by Monocle as the 11th Most Liveable City Seoul was ranked 11th in the Liveable Cities Index 2021 by the global monthly magazine Monocle. Monocle, a global affairs and lifestyle magazine popular among global op-ed readers for its exploration into urban lifestyle, announces a list of liveable cities around the world in its “Quality of Life” special edition in July or August each year. This was the first time Seoul has been included in the list since Monocle started announcing the list in 2009. According to Monocle, evaluation items used in the previous survey that are not suitable for the COVID-19 era were excluded from this year’s survey, and cities that successfully preserve the quality of life despite the pandemic and are ready to return back to life before COVID-19 were selected for the list. Ranked 11th, Seoul was evaluated as a city that offers high accessibility and a variety of enjoyments despite its gigantic scale. In particular, Monocle highly evaluated Seoul’s public transportation for being inexpensive and rider-friendly. As another merit of Seoul, Monocle pointed out that Seoul offers a number of locations where happiness can be enjoyed in everyday life, such as areas around Hongik University, Hyehwa-dong and Itaewon. In terms of COVID-19 response, Seoul, although being a city with high population density, received a high point for preventing extensive spreading of the virus through quarantine and contact tracing. In addition, according to Monocle, Seoul citizens’ respect for public safety and effort to wear masks and practice social distancing contributed to the city’s successful response to the pandemic. This year’s list was topped by Copenhagen (1st), followed by Zurich (2nd), Helsinki (3rd), Stockholm (4th), Tokyo (5th), Taipei (9th), Vancouver (12th), Berlin (14th), and Los Angeles (20th). In particular, Seoul’s accomplishment is all the more meaningful because only Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles are metropolises with populations over 10 million placed among the top 20 cities.
  • Opening of Seoul Startup Hub Ho Chi Minh, Seoul’s First Global Startup Hub
    등록일 2021-06-09 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Opening of Seoul Startup Hub Ho Chi Minh, Seoul’s First Global Startup Hub Economy & Investment News The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) opened Seoul Startup Hub Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.   Seoul Startup Hub Ho Chi Minh aims to help domestic startups lay the foundation for its expansion into overseas markets through aggressive support from international public agencies. This first global hub of Seoul Startup is the first international case of the SMG’s startup support policy being implemented as a startup support program. Seoul startups that wish to expand their business in Vietnam will receive comprehensive support through customized assistance–from office space and commercialization to technological exchanges and network opportunities with local companies as well as partnering with investors and establishing international corporations. The SMG is looking for opportunities in Vietnam, a rapidly rising market that is breaking records in terms of the number of startups and sales. The Ho Chi Minh hub will become a platform to bring about tangible outcomes related to the advancement of Korean startups and boost networks which can promote commercialization of global technology. Seoul startups attracted massive foreign investment lately and expanded its power in overseas markets. Seizing this opportunity, the SMG plans to forge strong networks between public and private sectors, and closely collaborate with international public agencies and organizations, global companies, financial institutions and others. The SMG has supported startups in Seoul to penetrate the global market and Asian market, where the demand for the technologies of Korean startups is particularly high, through a network of Vietnamese and Chinese governments, overseas private investment institutions such as LongHash, a Singapore accelerator, and other specialized entities in different industries.

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  • The world-renowned water of Seoul ARISU_2021 (Brochure)
    등록일 2021-07-23 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Arisu is Seoul's tap water brand for its 10 million citizens. It continues to utilize data-based digital innovation and meticulous water control so anyone can enjoy high-quality tap water without inconvenience.Seoul's tap water, which boasts 110 years of history, is being recognized as high quality water not only in Korea, but also worldwide. Seoul Waterworks Authority boasts strict water quality management and thorough risk management system from water supply sources to water taps. We successfully implemented an innovative water quality management and operation system through digital technology and open innovation and are supplying healthy and tasty water to Seoul citizens through continuous maintenance of the water supply facilities. Also The Seoul Waterworks Authority has established a department exclusively in charge of international projects, the first of its kind by a local government in the nation, to actively pursue advancement overseas.Based on the excellent technology and know-how accumulated thus far, the department improves waterworks facilities in developing countries, supports Korean businesses’ advancement in water industries overseas, and hosts policy training for waterworks officials from cities around the globe, raising the international status of Seoul's waterworks and contributing to the prosperity of all mankind. Find out more about Seoul Waterworks Authority's excellent water quality management system and oversea projects through their new promotion brochure, "The world renowned water of Seoul ARISU_2021"  
  • The Seoul Institute Annual Research Digest 2020
    등록일 2021-06-09 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Editor’s Note 01. Social Policy 02. Urban Administration 03. Urban Planning 04. Economy  05. Transportation Planning 06. Environmental planning 07. City Diplomacy
  • Manual of COVID-19 Response Procedure (Seoul Fire&Disaster Headquaters Ver.)
    등록일 2020-12-03 글쓴이 scaadmin
  • Seoul's Policy Sharing Initiative (Brochure, 2019)
    등록일 2020-05-22 글쓴이 seoulsolution
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The main mission of the Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is to strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and metropolitan authorities and their leaders for better public governance.

The Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is the training and learning center of Metropolis, established in 1996.Today, MITI counts on headquarters located in Seoul, and four regional centers: Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico City and Paris (Île-de-France). Formerly located in Montreal, the headquarters have been transferred to Seoul after a decision taken at the Metropolis Board of Directors’ meeting in Guangzhou, in 2012.

With its relaunch in Seoul, MITI enters a new era of knowledge dissemination, with the boosted activation of its regional centers. MITI will spare no efforts to operate training programs in line with other Metropolis activities, for all members of the Association, and also for its institutional partners and affiliated cities.
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  • 공유도시(Sharing City) 서울은?

시간, 공간, 재능, 물건, 정보 등 누구나 소유하고 있는 것을 함께 나누어 활용함으로써 쓰지 않고 놀리는 자원을 효율적으로 활용하고, 지역경제를 활성화하며, 이웃과 공동체 의식도 형성하고, 환경에도 이로운 활동인 '공유'가 활성화된 도시입니다.

'공유도시 서울' 정책을 추진하게 된 이유는?

복지, 환경, 일자리 등에서 사회적 수요는 급증하고 있으나 한정된 예산과 자원으로 이를 해결하는데 많은 어려움이 있습니다. 또한 급격한 도시화로 공동체 의식이 실종되었고, 과잉소비에 따른 자원고갈과 환경오염 문제가 지속적으로 발생하고 있습니다.
이러한 해결이 어려운 도시의 경제적, 사회적, 환경적 문제들을 '공유'라는 새로운 방법을 통해 완화시켜 나가고자 합니다.