LH takes lead in fighting fine dust

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LH takes lead in fighting fine dust

The Land and Housing Corporation (LH) said Thursday it will be investing 534 billion won ($469.4 million) through 2022 in the reduction of fine dust.

According to LH, it will first install air purifying systems in its leased apartments. The devices will also be installed in the elevators.

In newly constructed complexes, sensors will be installed that detect the levels of fine dust, while powerful ventilation systems will be incorporated and air curtains added. More indoor playground will be standard.

Efforts to reduce fine dust will start from construction, with LH establishing guidelines to reduce fine dust at work sites. Tunnel-like facilities will be put in place for washing construction equipment. Machines will be placed on site to suck up fine dust. Air purifiers will be installed in rest areas to protect the health of construction workers.

At new development projects, such as the new towns announced by the government late last year, as well as at Sejong’s smart city, LH will incorporate fine dust reduction into designs. Urban forests and trees lining streets will be included.

The cities will have “clean road systems,” where water will be used to minimize dust created by the friction of tires on the roads.

LH has plans to actively push for expanding the number of fueling stations for electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

The state-owned land and housing company said the goal of the comprehensive plan is to improve and maintain quality of life, especially for those in lower income households, while strengthening infrastructure.

Investment will not only go into studies to fight fine dust but also into developing relevant technologies.

“The goal of this comprehensive project is to do our best to reduce public concern over fine dust,” said Park Sang-woo, LH CEO. “We will continue to cooperate with the central and local governments, as well as with private companies to reduce fine dust, which has become a major concern.”

BY LEE HO-JEONG [lee.hojeong@joongang.co.kr]
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