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Multiple Cooperation Results Achieved on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Green Consumption between China-South Korea Non-Governmental Organizations

On April 29-30, 2015, the 17th China-Japan-South Korea Environmental Ministers Meeting was held inShanghai. In the wake of the meeting, multiple cooperation results were achieved on greenhouse gas emission reduction and green consumption between KECO, KCEN, KEITI--three organizations accompanying South Korean Delegation to attend the ministerial meeting in Shanghai and NSUH, HPCA--- two organizations from the Chinese side thanks to the support of the South Korea Ministry of Environment, South Korean Embassy to China and International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA) on April 30. This represents a practice of environmental protection among China-South Korea NGOs echoing China-Japan-South Korea governmental endeavors to host the ministerial meeting on environment. The Promotion Conference on Green and Low-Carbon Cooperation Program initiated by organizations mentioned above & MOU Signing Ceremony were also held inBeijingat the same time in which Ni Xiaojing, Counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played the host.

Relevant action plans are already put in place. Under the support of South Korea Ministry of Environment, three programs concerning environmental protection developed by KECO, KCEN and KEITI will be introduced to China and the Chinese side—NSUH and HPCA will be in charge of the implementation domestically.

Li Junyang, Secretary General of NSUH and HPCA signed MOU on “Carbon Credit” with Ahn YeanSoon, Executive Director of HQ of Climate and Air Pollution Management of KECO, MOU on “Green Card” with Kim PillHong, Director General of KEITI and MOU on “Green Touch” with Kim Jaiok President of KCEN.

“Green Card”, a program accessible to the whole society ofSouth Korea, refers to a system that gives financial incentives to customers purchasing environmental protection and energy conservation products. “Carbon Credit” represents a daily-life mechanism that offers discounts for households based on their greenhouse gas emission reduction in water, gas and electricity saving efforts. “Green Touch” is energy-saving software that could be installed on PC or other digital devices.

While attending the MOU Signing Ceremony, Li Junyang, Secretary General and Vice President of NSUH and HPCA said, the central governments ofChinaandSouth Koreahave all given strong support in NGO cooperation between our two countries. Thanks to the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping toSouth Koreain 2014, our NGO cooperation has entered a new phase of greater vigor and vitality.Chinais now deepening reform and development in an all-round manner to build an open economic system. This would definitely bring huge investment opportunities and consumption demand, thus providing broader cooperation room for economic cooperation between our two countries. At the same time,ChinaandSouth Korea, as each other’s close neighbors, share common goals of green development and environmental protection with huge cooperation potentials in energy conservation and environmental protection. NGOs of both countries have begun serving as an important force in deepening our grass-roots bilateral cooperation along with closer governmental exchanges. Echoing with the new model of “China-South Korea Economic Cooperation in Asia” proposed by South Korea Ministry of Knowledge Economy at the China-South Korea Business Promotion Conference, we hereby initiated a new mechanism of “China-South Korea NGOs cooperation in Asia” to advance our joint efforts in energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection.

“It is of greater significance to hold the MOU Signing Ceremony betweenChinaand South Korea NGOs during the China-Japan-South Korea Ministerial Meeting,”South Korearepresentatives said, “we are looking forward to new highlights of cooperation between our two sides in the follow-up process”.

Liu Zuozhang, Vice President of HPCA & former Inspector of Foreign Investment Administration of the Ministry of Commerce, Xiao Genwang, Vice President of HPCA & former Inspector of the General Office of Ministry of Environmental Protection and other leaders from HPCA delivered speeches on cooperation strategies and prospects between both sides; Yang Mingsen, Director of the China’s Environment News of MEP gave his opinions on environmental cooperation between China and South Korea and others including Zhang Jianping, Director of the Department of International Economic Cooperation Institute for International Economic Research of NDRC also gave strong support to China-South low-carbon economic cooperation at the conference.

South Korea representatives including Ku JaKwan, Official of KMOE, Ahn YeanSoon, Executive Director of HQ of Climate and Air Pollution Management of KECO, Kim PillHong, Director General of KEITI, Kim Jaiok, President of KCEN, Oh JongTae, Section Chief of KECO, Kim DongKeun, Section Chief of KEITI and Kim SangYub, Section Chief of KCEN all attended the Signing Ceremony and Promotion Conference.