In order to alleviate side-effects from disorderly creation of individual regional facilities and ensure economy of scale in securing waste-to-energy facilities by encouraging their metropolitan expansion and concentration, the Ministry of Environment plans to create regional Metropolitan Eco-energy town encompassing waste-to-energy facilities.

The Ministry's first step on the plan is to lay down the foundation of Metropolitan Eco-energy town expanded nationwide by creating an experimental compound for it at Metropolitan Landfill Site. Metropolitan Landfill Site, with an area of around 20 million m2 is largest of its kind in the world, daily disposing of about 18,000 tons of wastes generated in the Seoul metropolitan region. Metropolitan Landfill Site is going to be reborn as a global brand, establishing itself tourist destinations through 'creation of the world's largest new & renewable energy production base', 'creation of the leading model for response to climate change', and 'development of a world-renowned environmental tourist attraction'.

The New & Renewable Energy Production Base (Metropolitan Eco-energy town) to be built on a site of 4.6 million m2 originally earmarked for future landfill operation is composed of Waste Resource Energy Town, Natural Forces Energy Town, Bioenergy Town, and Environment & Culture Complex. Among these, Waste Resource Energy Town will accommodate an assortment of waste-to-energy facilities including RDF manufacturing facility and dedicated boilers, food waste leachate to biogas facility, sewage sludge-to-energy facility, and landfill gas power plant will produce energy with wastes previously dumped into the sea. Currently, a 50MW landfill gas power plant, an experimental RDF manufacturing facility (200 tons a day), biogas to vehicle fuel facility (10 ㎥/min.), leachate-to-biogas facility (500 tons a day), and the legitimate RDF project (1,000 tons a day) are being pushed for. Natural Forces Energy Town will use sunlight and wind to produce new & renewable energy, while Bioenergy Town will produce biomass energy such as bio-circulation forest and energy grass. Environment & Culture Complex will provide exhibitions, publicity, and consulting for visitors to Environment & Energy Integrated Town. It is expected that the targeted national waste-to-energy ratio of 43% will be achieved by converting 1.44 million tons of wastes to energy arriving by the end of 2013 at the Waste-to-Energy Town to be created on the Landfill Site.

Moreover, Metropolitan Landfill Site is going to obtain carbon emission right of about 7 million tons of CO2 for a decade (April 2007 to April 2017) by implementing a CDM project on the 50-MW landfill gas power plant currently in operation. Combined with the development of the technology for fixing CO2, the project will be established as 'the leading model for response to climate change'.

Furthermore, 13 Environment & Energy Integrated Towns are going to be created primarily in metropolitan waste landfill sites and sites for new cities in 8 regions created out of the country in consideration of their geographical, economic, social, and cultural conditions. The Towns are expected to achieve conversion to energy of 43% of target waste resource, and the creation of 15 waste resource to energy facilities in 9 nationwide Towns is being pushed for. New Provincial Office of Chungnam and New Provincial Office of Gyeongbuk have completed validity survey and are preparing for project implementation, while Saemangeum-Gunsan Free Economic Zone and the New City of Pyeongtaek will be provided for in the future, when favorable time arrives for their implementation.


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