Addressing indoor air pollution challenges through concrete public policies in South Korea

Corée du Sud : des politiques publiques concrètes face à la pollution de l’air intérieur

Dr. Dong Hwa Kang
Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering Department,
University of Seoul

In this interview, Dr. Kang illustrates some of the ways in which a country can address indoor air quality issues through legislation. Taking South Korea as a case study, the article explores the measures available to governments to ensure efficient control of indoor air quality, and to elaborate a plan for improvement going forward. Through a discussion on public-private interactions, the author shows that indoor air quality is a complex issue that requires an alignment of all policies, market forces and citizens in order to be managed appropriately.

By and large, it is the dialogue and transparency between these diff erent actors that ensures that good practices are promoted, and appropriate measures taken. While South Korea seems particularly advanced in orchestrating a response to air quality issues on a national scale, it is hoped that other countries will be inspired by the results achieved and follow suit by drafting innovative legislation on the topic.