Korea Environment Corp. (K-eco) has set fine dust, integrated water management, virtuous cycle of waste and harmful substance management as its major tasks for this year. The corporation is trying to address them with preemptive measures as they are deemed to be closely related with people’s daily lives.
K-eco is implementing projects to reduce fine dust and GHG emissions. To this end, K-eco has strengthened measures to reduce harmful air pollutants by monitoring air pollution monitoring networks, telemonitoring systems (TMS). The company offers integrated information on climate based on the geographic information system (GIS).
In the case of EV charging infrastructure, K-eco is focusing on qualitative growth. This year’s focus is on eco-friendliness via photovoltaic power. The corporation is launching charging stations for the installation of hydrogen fuel cars and other eco-friendly cars beyond EVs.
Given the fact that the Environment Ministry is assigned with matters related to certified emission reductions trading anew, K-eco plans to concentrate its capacity in allocating, evaluating and certifying allowable GHG emissions. The corporation has decided to continue efforts to reduce GHG emissions through GHG target management, the spread of a carbon point system, and the securing of overseas CDM projects.
K-eco has established plans on water management based on each river to brace for the upcoming integrating of water management. Information on water, which is spread among the Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) and other ministries, will evolve into an integrated water management regime based on the corporation’s measuring network and related information systems. The measure will likely make K-eco a water information control tower.
Twelve leading projects to modernize tap water in provincial area will be launched, and K-eco plans to establish a mid- and long-term plan to spread tap water systems for the welfare of agricultural and fishing villages, and island areas. The corporation will offer such technology support as examining and improving of small tap water facilities and water systems in untapped areas.
The corporation plans to ramp up the surveillance of dams on four major rivers and diverse water management monitoring via ICT and drones.
K-eco strives to achieve the early establishment of a waste treatment surcharge system and the certifying of waste as a resource that goes into effect this year. Jobs related to virtual waste-to-resources circulation regimes like the minimizing waste incineration and burial and the spurring of utilizing wastes to resources will be delegated to provincial headquarters.
K-eco is seeking to designate institutions specializing in the writing of information on harmful wastes in accordance with the Wastes Management Act. The corporation plans to implement a pilot program to expand the scope of IT-based livestock night soil management system from 1st-class pigs to 2nd-class pigs and cattle.
The corporation has imposed a plastic waster surcharge, an extended producer responsibility (EPR), and a grading of solid refuse fuels.
K-eco also plans to implement such projects as the dedication of a harmful substance inhalation toxicity lab and testing equipment installation as well free measuring of indoor radon levels for the underprivileged and radon-reduction services.
K-eco President Chun Byung-seong said, “The Environment Technology Research Institute, marking a 2nd year of establishment, will play leading roles in such environment R&D as environment information integration and big data platform establishment to brace for the future.”
The institute plans to further strengthen reliability as an organization specializing in measurement and analysis, he added.