Due to an increase in international oil prices, the Seoul Trade Center, located in Samsung-dong, southern Seoul, has adopted energy-saving measures, lowering its indoor temperature and suspending elevator services.
The Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX), in charge of the management and administration of the Trade Center, has from January 14 lowered the indoor temperatures of the COEX Mall, Convention Center, ASEM Tower, and Trade Tower from 23 degrees Celsius to 18 to 20 degrees. The heating system is also shut off 30 minutes before lunchtime and closing hours, and the operating hours of the ventilation system was reduced from five hours to three.
In addition, among the 88 available elevators, 12 are idle, and among a total of 71 escalators, 13 are stopped or run for a limited period of time based on population movement.
Half of the lights around the buildings, walkways, and parking lots are being turned off, and the lights near the Trade Center and the flower garden are shut off.
"These new measures are cutting our electric costs by W2,524,000 and our gas charges by 1,321,000 won a day. Approximately 3,845,000 won is being saved everyday," said public relations director Cho Han-joo.