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Seoul-Beijing Bilateral Research Report 2022: A Comparative Study of Climate Policies in Seoul and Beijing
In recent decades, the Republic of Korea and China experienced tremendous economic development that came at an environmental cost, putting pressure on long-term economic and social sustainability. While the national governments layout ambitious climate blueprints, both Seoul and Beijing affirmed their carbon neutrality goals by 2050 and no later than 2060 and contributed to the targets set in the Paris Agreement. Against this background, the capitals play an indispensable role in demonstrating innovative policies, technological innovation, financial mechanisms, and decarbonization strategies to enable an economy-wide transition. As frontrunners in their respective countries, both metropolises are testbeds for innovation with successful best practices for knowledge exchange, technological innovation, and international cooperation.
The study was supported by the Seoul Climate and Environment Headquarters and implemented by the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia Secretariat.