Air Pollution

Air
Pollution

35.8%
is Korea’s target for reducing fine dust (PM2.5) before 202

Goals

Air quality has become an issue of grave national concern in Korea recently. For the last few years, especially in the spring and winter seasons Korea experienced an increasing number of poor air quality days which led to a growing public concern over air pollution and shed new light on air quality policies. Responding to the need for urgent actions to achieve clean air, the Korean government actively implements the “Comprehensive Plan on Fine dust Management.” Aiming to reduce PM2.5 emissions by 35.8 % by 2022 from the level of 2014, it expects that the annual PM2.5 concentration will decrease to 17 to 18 ㎍/㎥ from 25 ㎍/㎥ and the annual number of poor air quality days from 64 to 40 for the same period.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups

Ramping up the effort to protect the groups particularly vulnerable to fine dust, the Government provides subsidies to make school buses use LPG fuel and supply air purifiers to schools. In addition, it designates the areas where daycare centers, schools and facilities for the elderly are concentrated and high levels of fine dust are frequently reported as “Clean Zone” for intensive measures taken to control the emissions such as restricting the use of old diesel vehicles and shortening operation hours of emissions facilities.

Strategies

The plan set up a strong framework for tackling air pollution, with a special focus on four major sources of fine dust, power generation, industries, transportation, and daily surroundings.

Emergency Reduction Measures

When high concentrations of PM2.5 are predicted to occur or continue, the Government takes emergency actions to immediately reduce the emissions and protect the people against harmful particle pollution. The actions include adjusting operation levels of coal-fired power plants, construction sites and emission facilities, and driving bans for cars with high emissions.

Korea's Air Quality Trend(2001~2018)

Korea's Air Quality Trend(2001~2018) Graph