The Ministry of Environment of South Korea announced on January 9 that it would provide fine dust forecast based on a supercomputer from April this year onwards and increase the accuracy of high-concentration fine dust forecast from 63% to 70%.
In addition, the ministry is planning to increase the number of measurement networks capable of covering PM 2.5 for the same purpose while increasing the number of old diesel cars to be disused this year by 12,000 to 70,000.
In April this year, the ministry is to start a joint research project with China on atmospheric pollution in the northeastern region of China. Then, the ministry is going to expand its cooperation for atmospheric pollution reduction with China by initiating similar projects in the Liaoning Province and Inner Mongolia as well as Shandong, Hebei and Shanxi.
In South Korea, emergency measures are to be taken in the event of the continuation of high-concentration of fine dust. The measures include vehicle operation restrictions applied to those of public and administrative institutions located in the metropolitan area, discontinuation of works at construction sites and outdoor classes and facility operation adjustment at public businesses.