Overall description of the stakeholder
The Jeonju Council for Sustainable Development is a private-public collaboration body of the citizens, corporations, and Jeonju City Government, founded through mutual consultations among the stakeholders, aimed at achieving sustainable development at the local level as stipulated by the “Local Agenda 21” of the Agenda 21 adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and as prescribed by the Sustainable Development Act and the Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth. In April 1999, the Jeonju City Government finalized a framework plan for the implementation of the Local Agenda 21, and in November 1999 a workshop and other preparatory works were undertaken to form a preparatory committee to select 150 committee members comprised of civic organizations, private enterprises, experts, and administrative public officials, launching the Jeonju Council for Sustainable Development (hereinafter, “the Council”) on February 18, 2000. To achieve the goal of sustainable development, the Council establishes action plans, provides education for the implementation of the plans, and performs public relations efforts, research, and evaluation of implementation, while, in parallel, developing and evaluating sustainable evaluation indexes and promoting exchanges/cooperation and coalition with domestic and foreign stakeholders. The Council is run by a broad range of like-minded stakeholders including public administrative institutions, civic organizations, corporations, experts, and citizens, and its organization consists of executive committee, policy committee, index committee and subcommittees, implementation committee, and secretariat. As of February 2018, a total of 232 members are actively engaged in the Council.
Main programs of the Council are executed by four Divisions of Sustainable Index, Energy-Climate Action, Education Community, and Citizens’ Policy. For sustainable index programs, the Council implements data collection and evaluation by areas, policy proposal forum for the improvement of index evaluation, on-site index report workshop, and consensus building among citizens, while supporting the continuous, voluntary community education by villages and school-children’s parents through urban education community movement. The Council is also carrying out private cooperation program on local energy planning and climate action projects, including the quantitative expansion of citizens’ participatory projects for energy independence. Moreover, the Citizens’ Policy Division of the Council actively engages the citizens in the development of policies, consensus-building, and suggestions for the realization of eco-city vision.
Activities in the field of climate action
The Council conducts private-sector implementation programs for the realization of local energy plan. In an effort to build an energy-independent city free from energy crisis, by generating power going beyond energy conservation, through the energy-conversion campaign carried out by citizens’ participation, the Council is building citizens’ solar power stations, recruiting participants in the program to propagate the use of bicycle, and establishing a task force team to research ways to improve energy efficiency of buildings. Furthermore, as part of climate action plans, the Council is carrying out campaigns to raise citizens’ awareness and encourage their daily practice on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Council is also running a program of diagnosing and providing consulting on greenhouse gas emissions for homes, commercial malls, schools and other non-industrial buildings, and a program of energy-independent school for the research of education on environment and energy in conjunction with school curriculums.
The Council is able to share aforementioned knowledge and experiences in each sector of its activities in connection with climate action. Key subjects include the following. For discussion on specific cooperation areas, the Council hopes review details per agenda.
- Expanding citizens’ participation and strengthening public-private cooperation for energy conversion
- Discovering Jeonju energy projects though public-private cooperation and ongoing check-ups on the implementation of local energy plans
- Establishing organizations for the execution of local energy plans, including the execution of citizens’ energy independence movement and founding of citizens’ solar power generation cooperative
- Developing private-sector programs on and encouraging citizens’ participation in energy conservation and conversion, including citizens’ experience program on the use of energy-efficient products, energy conversion fair, and energy diagnosis/consulting for homes and commercial buildings.
- Implementing cooperation and research programs to improve energy efficiency in buildings
The Council is open to cooperation and exchanges regarding discussing private-sector challenges and solutions, public-private cooperation plans, and progress monitoring and evaluation, aimed at consistently and successfully implementing the local energy plan established jointly by the Jeonju City Government, NGOs, and research institutions, and hopes to discuss details directly with the entities that seek the cooperation and exchanges with the Council.