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Promotion of natural gas vehicle in Korea

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Copyright ⓒ 2011 by Korea Environment Institute Publisher Byung Wook Lee Published by Korea Environment Institute 290 Jinheungro, Eunpyeong-Gu, Seoul, 122-706, Republic of Korea Tel.(822)380-7777 Fax: (822)380-7799
http://www.kei.re.kr published and printed in December 2011 Publication registration number 17-254 ISBN 978-89-8464-612-4 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or any means without permission in writing from the publisher
Foreword
Green growth or green economy is being recognized as the new growth paradigm in the 21st century. Governments of Korea, China and Japan are making every effort to sustain economic growth while at the same time ensuring climatic and environmental sustainability. Air pollution in densely populated metropolitan areas is emerging as a major environmental problem, especially in developing countries where environmental regulations are relatively lax and nonexistent. Sources for air pollutants vary but various studies show correlation of the degradation of air quality in the metropolitan areas and the increase of mobile sources, particularly motor vehicles. Epidemiological studies suggest that emissions of carbon monoxides, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and other pollutants from motor vehicles can have serious health impacts and death. Similar to any developing economies, Korea was not an exemption to air pollution problems. Increasing number of vehicles led to worseni


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Title Promotion of natural gas vehicle in Korea
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kim, Yong Gu; Park, Jun Hyun

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[Seoul]:Korea Environment Institute

Date 2011
Series Title; No Project Report / 2011-03-05
Pages 71
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Territorial Development < Transport/Logistics
Territorial Development < Environment
Holding Korea Environment Institute

Abstract

In the beginning of year 2000, the quality of air in the metropolitan area including Seoul was in seriously bad condition. The concentration of fine particles exceeded the national environmental standard of sharp increase in the concentration of ozone. The situation at that time was the worst among the major cities of OECD countries. The causes for the drastic worsening of air quality in the metropolitan area was mainly due to increased numbers of automobiles, i.e. heavy-duty vehicles, recreational vehicles, diesel passenger cars, etc. The increase of the number of overall vehicles on the road in Korea has become a significant source of air pollution and in particular, diesel vehicles emit large amount of particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen oxide (NOx). (The rest omitted)