Guest Researcher Dec 2010 - Jun 2011
My name is young sang Kwon. I have received a BA in Korea University, acquired a MA from Graduate School of Public Administration in Seoul National University and finished a PhD course (2007) there. From 2002 to 2005, I have worked for the Ministry of Environment, where been in charge of establishing the eco-label system (2004), legislation of The Eco-friendly Product Procurement Act , enforcing the air-pollution emission standard on the point sources against many stakeholders and managing of environment tax; air-pollution charge (2005).
Serving at the prime minister’s office from 2005 until now; as a coordinator of the interest conflict between development & environment (2008) and a director of the strategic tasks for the regulation-burden cutback focusing on middle & small size-enterprises (2010), has enabled me to experience the environment problems from the macro and multi level perspective. With the help of Korean government overseas fellowships in 12 2010, I will study green growth policy at FFU for 6 months (from through Jun 2011)
Now, how to melt various economy interests into the value of environment is considered as not only the main preoccupation of academic but the one of core policy agenda at the present government ranked first among OECD members for the rate of increase in emissions. Korean government and private sector have aimed to invest 40 trillion won ($36 billion) by 2015 in renewable energy to gain from growing demand and cut reliance on fossil fuels. It requires redesigning regulation standards related to green growth policies including renewable energy, construction technology and transportation system. My priority research is to explore regulation reform tasks to establish the legal basis necessary for the creation and spread of green industry and enhancing energy efficiency. Its final object is to develop more efficient regulation tools suitable for the accelerating green growth through the comparative analysis of renewable energy policies and Co2 emission reduction management between Germany and Korea.
Also Korean government is pushing to introduce the low-carbon trading system which Germany has already implemented since 2005. However, it has still faced strong opposition from economic players worrying about extra cost burden. Another research concern is to find out what are the key factors for success introduction and implementation of emission trading system essential to reduce the total amount of carbon emission more efficiently. That will be proceed through analyzing Germany’ case on the base of more than 3 variable; implementation governance, operating scheme including setting reduction goal and the level of engaging private sector as stakeholders and partners. Research above will be done by making the best use of the expert’s interview and field study.