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New World Mayors Council Chair, Mayor Park of Seoul spearheads leveraging energy and emissions saving in cities globally

October 21, 2012

In his first global action as the new Chair of World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC), Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul announced the 2012 Seoul Declaration of Local Governments on Energy and Climate Mitigation, aiming to ensure significant energy and emissions savings.  

As a demonstration of his leadership, Mayor Park announced the commitments of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to reduce the use of fossil and nuclear energy in energy consumption of municipal operations by at least 30% by 2020 compared to 2010 level.

The announcement was made at World Mayors Dialogue convened with more than 30 Mayors from all around the world in Seoul, marking the official handover of the helm of World Mayors Council on Climate Change from Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico City to Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul.

The 2012 Seoul Declaration of Local Governments on Energy and Climate Mitigation envisions advancing energy and emissions savings in both municipal operations and at the community level, encourages reporting to Mexico City Pact and carbonn Cities Climate Registry, and foresees a global review in Nantes in 2013.

Read the full text of the 2012 Seoul Declaration

The ICLEI Global Executive Committee and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change commit to spread the declaration amoing their members and partner local government networks.

The 2012 Seoul Declaration is also recognized as an instrument to encourage world´s cities to be inspired by and replicate the vision laid out in Mayor Park´s ambitious plan “One Less Nuclear Power Plant” that aims to reduce energy consumption of Seoul by 2 million toe, leading to saving of 7.3 million tCO2e, creating 40,000 jobs, saving $1.2 billion by 2014, through strong citizen engagement.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Secretariat, warmly welcome this bold action led by Mayor Park, asserting that this is one of the hard but essential steps on the road to future cities of a low carbon world.

Representatives of some of the world´s leading environmental organizations such as Bill McKibben of 350.org and Samantha Smith of WWF International, as well as Korean environmental groups led by the Local Sustainability Alliance for Korea (LSAK) applauded the bold vision and ambitious goals of the declaration and  expressed their strong support for collaboration in its implementation.

The World Mayors Dialogue and  the 2012 Seoul Declaration of Local Government on Energy and Climate Mitigation came out ahead of the ministerial meeting on climate being held in South Korea, where national governments aim to advance with the negotiations on the new global climate regime.