Headed by Ban, the National Council on Climate and Air Quality aims to find solutions to the particulate pollution issue, come up with policy ideas, and coordinate actions with neighboring countries such as China.
The 43-member council is composed of several committees and a senior advisory group. A body of 500 members of the public will be launched next month, and its members will be invited to pitch their ideas to the council.
The special act on reducing fine dust came into force in February, imposing restrictions on coal-fired plants and old diesel cars. The National Assembly passed a bill in March declaring the fine dust problem a ”social disaster,” enabling the government to allocate an extra 1.5 trillion won in its budget for the fight against particulate pollution.
An excerpt from Pacific Epeak