• Sustainable consumption and production will help us create economic values through efficient use of resources while minimizing environmental pollution. At the same time, it is also a specific way for us to achieve sustainable development.
    Mayor Park Won-soon


By 2018, all city-owned vehicles to be electric

By 2023, all new city owned buildings to be zero energy

By 2017, 40% of selected product purchases to be green

By 2018, 75% of food in schools to be eco-friendly

By 2020, 200 MW of city energy to supplied by photovoltaics on public facilities

Act on the Promotion of the Purchase of Green Products (since 2007)


Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, with a population of over 10 million people. Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, is currently chairing the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is strongly committed to sustainable procurement, this is why it joined forces with ICLEI to develop the Network.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has in place Green Purchasing Guidelines that establishes standards and procedures for the purchasing of environment-friendly products. The factors that are considered in the products’ life-cycle are, among others, the possibility of harm to ecosystems or human populations, caused by pollution from products, and the products’ degree of impact on energy consumption and global warming. The Seoul Metropolitan Government employs its own purchasing power and policy framework to create an eco-friendly market and encourage competition. The procurement of green products in the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the organizations under its umbrella has doubled from 17% in 2010, up to 34% in 2015. The number of eco-labelled products has risen from 1,536 to 15,698. The goal is to expand the procurement of green products by 50 per cent by 2025.

In August 2014, the city kicked off the second phase of the One Less Nuclear Power Plant initiative, aiming at reducing reliance on nuclear power plant for electricity. One of the targets is to increase electricity self-reliance rate to 20%. The city plans to reduce it GHG emissions, ensure sustainable energy production, improve energy-efficiency of buildings, reinforce design standards for new buildings by introducing energy cap and other measures, and to eradicate energy poverty. The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to replace all lights in public buildings to LED lights by 2018, and replace the entire indoor lighting by 2016. Another objective is that public buildings acquire the best-in-class grade in green building certification and grade 1 in energy efficiency by 2020. The plan is to replace 2,000 buses with CNG hybrid buses by 2018,

Seoul plans to introduce green innovation to different fields of daily life to become a city with world leading green competitiveness by 2030. One of the actions will be to transform all public transformation into green vehicles. By 2020, Seoul will operate 120,000 electric cars and 110,000 charging stations. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been committed to procure less pollutant vehicles such as electric cars since 2009, and made it mandatory for public organizations to procure electric cars so that they account for 25 per cent of official vehicles purchased every year from 2015.

The city will develop 10 major green technologies that will create 1 million green jobs. The technologies selected are: hydrogen fuel cell, solar cell, IT electricity, green building, LED lighting, green IT, green cars, urban environment recovery, recovering waste into resource, and climate change adaptation technology. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will provide test beds for ideal planning and create domestic market.

The city is also developing smart public administrative infraestructure. For instance, an eco-friendly data center based on ITS low carbon green growth initiative.


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The procurement rate of eco-friendly agricultural products in free meals of elementary and middle schools has remained above 60% since 2011. Eco-friendly agricultural products procured via environment-friendly distribution centers amounted to 7,900 tons out of 11,821 tons in 2015, accounting for 95.4% of the total procurement. The plan of the City of Seoul is achieving a procurement rate of 72% by 2017 and above 75% by 2018 through the establishment of a cooperative system with the place of origin to increase the number of certified eco-friendly farms and expand agricultural production. For more information visit here




To find out more about the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, contact:

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre
c/o ICLEI European Secretariat
Mr. Mark Hidson

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg

Telephone: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
E-mail: mark.hidson@iclei.org


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