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Advance the Arrival of Carbon-Neutral Society by Reducing the Use of Paper Products
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Daegu proposes the “No Need for Paper” as the fifth lifestyle rule for the Reducing Carbon 1110 initiative

 

Daegu Metropolitan City proposed “No Need for Paper” as one of the practical actions as part of the first Reducing Carbon 1110* initiative in the new year of 2022.

* Reducing Carbon 1110 refers to the 10 actions that can be taken by 1 citizen to reduce 1 ton of carbon

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Poster for “Reducing Carbon 1110 – No Need for Paper”

“Reducing Carbon 1110” is a list of ten civic actions that can be taken for 1 person to reduce 1 ton of carbon that Daegu has set and promoted with a new theme every month since September 2021.

 

In 2018, paper consumption per capita in South Korea was 189.2 kilograms (according to the Korea Paper Association), and the number of paper receipts for credit card (including debit card) payments was 12.89 billion (according to the Financial Supervisory Service).

 

Considering that a single sheet of A4-sized paper weighs about 4.7 grams, and 5.26 grams of carbon is emitted per sheet, it meant that one person used approximately 400,000 sheets of A4-sized paper in 2018 and generated 212 kilograms of carbon.

 

In addition, 9,358 tons of garbage and 22,893 tons of greenhouse gas emissions were generated by issuing credit card (and debit card) receipts. This is equivalent to cutting down 128,900 20-year-old pine trees.

 

The easiest way to reduce paper in our daily life is to digitalize paper receipts and various bills.

 

Those who opt to receive their tax bills electronically can receive a tax credit of 1,000 won per a sheet of national tax bill and 300 won for local tax bill. This will help people to practice carbon neutrality while enjoying the benefits of receiving tax credits.

※ For details, refer to the websites for Hometax for national tax and Wetax for local tax.

 

It is also important to separate papers and cartons. Paper cartons are made from 100 percent imported natural pulp, and waste cartons are recycled into various items such as toilet paper and facial tissues, but the recycling rate for paper cartons was only 16 percent in 2020. If the recycling rate of cartons is improved, the cost of importing and recycling natural pulp can also be reduced.

 

It is also important to change our lifestyle little by little by being conscious of our habitual everyday actions, such as using handkerchiefs instead of paper towels and travel mugs instead of paper cups.

 

Offices can reduce the use of paper by printing double sided, using scrap paper, and digitalizing various documents and meeting materials to reduce the use of paper printouts.

 

"A huge change toward carbon neutrality can be made by changing small actions and habits in our daily lives,” remarked Hong Seong-ju, the head of Daegu's Green Environment Bureau. “We ask for Daegu citizen’s active participation in the Reducing Carbon 1110 initiative and reducing the use of paper, as many bills and credit card receipts are frequently issued at the beginning of the year.”


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