International Climate and Environment Center


Overall description of the stakeholder

Founded in 2012, the International Climate and Environment Center is an institution funded by the Gwangju Metropolitan City Government, and aims to build a low-carbon green city through policy researches on responses to climate change and education of citizens for their green lifestyle. Major responsibilities include policy research on climate action and environment, education and public relations, program development and distribution for green lifestyle campaign support, exchanges and cooperation with domestic and foreign cities and institutions in relation to climate action and environment, and support for UEA Summit hosting. ICEC organization is comprised of teams of Management and Cooperation, Policy and Research, and Education Project.


Activities in the field of climate action

  • Policy Research

– Policy research on local environmental issues caused by climate change

– Research on climate change adaptation of cities

– Greenhouse gas reduction policies in energy, buildings, transport and green spaces

– Combined research on climate, energy, and air quality

– Publish policies on climate issues, organize policy forums, and strengthen a policy network

– Urban Carbon Management System operation and database establishment through raw data collection and analysis

  • Education

– Building and strengthening capacity for education on climate and environment

– Educating citizens on climate actions

– Spreading the culture of practicing low-carbon, green life

– Running the project of practicing greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts with citizens

  • International Cooperation

– Expanding international cooperation network on climate change

– Inter-city and inter-institution information exchanges and case sharing through Urban Environmental Accords Summit (international conference)

– Gwangju Metropolitan City’s climate action, environment policies and technology-sharing training


Stakeholder’s contributions

  • Sharing climate/environment education cases of Gwangju Metropolitan City
  • Sharing experience on annual lectures for citizens’ climate action and citizen-led roundtable conclusion


Stakeholder’s needs

  • Climate/Environment Education Belt: Discussion on cases of similar program operation (strengths, shortcomings, room for improvement, etc.). Discussion on timely and age-specific programs for citizens’ practice and how such programs can be sustainably operated.
  • Education program using VR: Joint development of content regarding climate action for middle/high school students that is being addressed as an important part of action in Korea and abroad.
  • Global training program: Education is provided with respect to sustainable, safe water management in response to climate change for public officials in developing countries. Technologies applied in Gwangju Metropolitan City are shared, and operation of water/waste-water treatment facilities and technologies on effluent treatment are shared
  • Sharing ways to invigorate citizen-led activities on climate action