Korean delegation on visit in Ramboll
By Andrew Somerville
Ramboll hosted delegates from four cities in Korea this week as they gathered in Copenhagen as part of the World Cities project of the European Union (EU).
Increasing urban innovation and green technologies were high on the agenda as representatives from Korea met with their European counterparts to discuss topics such as smart mobility, the urban economy, climate change and urban regeneration.
After the conference, delegates were led by Project Director Søren Hansen from Ramboll on a tour of the Ørestad and Nordhavn regions of Copenhagen – areas where environmental, social and sustainable development has been central in their planning.
During the visit, Sun Ki Kwon, the Director of Global Urban Partnership Division in Seoul, Korea, was impressed by the way Copenhagen is developing a sustainable urban environment without economic disadvantages.
“The fact that you can achieve economic growth while lowering carbon emissions is very impressive and is something that Seoul needs to learn from,” she said. Copenhagen’s integrated transport system also caught her attention. “The way you give priority to pedestrians and cyclists is something we are also beginning to initiate, focusing more on pedestrians when it comes to our road policy - widening the roads for pedestrians and reducing the width of the road for cars.”
The Korean representatives continued to Eindhoven, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Barcelona and Tampere to follow-up prior talks on cooperation projects with European partners.
The World Cities initiative – supported by the European Parliament - promotes long-term working relations and short-term pilot projects between cities of the EU and cities in other countries, such as the Republic of Korea, with whom they share a strategic partnership, and aims to share best practices in sustainable urbanisation.