Seoul shares citizen-led initiative on energy efficiency with PHL cities

Seoul, South Korea: Representatives of Pasig and Parañaque met with Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) last 22 October to learn about SMG’s Energy Consultant Program in preparation for the implementation of the Active City-Community Engagement to Leverage Emissions Reduction through Activities that Transform Energy-use (ACCELERATE) project.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, represented by three offices including the World Secretariat (Bonn, Germany), East Asia Secretariat (Seoul, Korea), and Southeast Asia Secretariat (Quezon City, Philippines) facilitated the meeting.

Mr. Kim Seoung Jun, SMG official handling the Energy Consultants Program, gave a brief history and background of the program which was launched in 2013. The program targets buildings not covered by the Korean Green Building Code or buildings that have less than 10,000 square meters (sq. m) total gross floor area. SMG trains citizens coming from various backgrounds and qualifications to conduct consultations with households, businesses, and schools on energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) practices with the overall goal of lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the building energy sector.

Recognizing the need to lower energy consumption of the buildings sector in the Philippines, ICLEI Southeast Asia works with the cities of Pasig and Parañaque to enhance implementation of the Philippine Green Building Code at the local level through the ACCELERATE project. This will be done by providing capacity building, developing knowledge products, and raising awareness on EE&C initiatives.

Under the project, the two cities are also expected to deploy Deputized Energy Officers (DEO). Similar with SMG’s Energy Consultants, the DEOs are envisioned to provide consulting services to households and businesses by raising awareness on EE&C measures that can be implemented in their respective buildings. Overall, ACCELERATE aims to instill lifestyle changes within the communities which will contribute to the climate change mitigation efforts of the cities and the country.

The ACCELERATE project is funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme and will run until September 2020. The cities of Pasig and Parañaque serve as project sites.

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