Korea's Approach to Carbon-Neutral Transport

The global transport sector faces ongoing challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic and increased urgency for climate action. But there are also new opportunities emerging to create transport systems that are better for people and the planet. Transport networks and services connect people and businesses around the world, but these systems are vulnerable to a broad range of climate change-induced h... view more


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Jaehak Oh


Transforming Transportation 2022 by ChoongYeol Ye


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Sungmoo Huh


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Jeong Whon Yu


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Seonghwan Kim


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Bianca Alves


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Jee-Sun Lee


Transforming Transportation 2022 by Thierry Desclos


Transforming Transportation 2022 Jason Michael Allford

About the Presenters

Jaehak OH, President, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), Sejong, Korea

Dr. Jaehak Oh obtained his Ph.D. degree in transport studies at University College London in 1990. Since 1992, he has been working for The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), taking a one-year leave of absence in 1995 as Lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Oh was Vice President and Director of National Transport Strategy Planning at KOTI from 2011 to 2017. During the last 25 years, he has project managed more than 70 of KOTI’s transport projects. From 2006 to 2011, he was the project manager of the national R&D, “Transport Connectivity and Transfer Technology Development.” He has played a key role in innovating transport systems for green growth and formulating infrastructure policies for the Korean government. Since 2009, Dr. Oh has been the research project manager of High-Speed Rail (KTX) economic development which aims to promote regional and urban development through KTX station area development. At present, Dr. Oh is President of EASTS (East-Asian Society of Transportation Studies) and served as Chairperson of the International Scientific Committee of EASTS from 2015 to 2019. Also, he is a Steering Committee Member of WCTR Society and an Editorial Board Member for the WCTR Journal of Transport Policy.

Sungmoo HUH, Mayor, Changwon City, Korea

Prior to becoming mayor, Mayor Huh served as the Secretary for Civil Service Innovation to the Former President Roh Moo-hyun and served as the vice governor of State Affairs for Gyeongsangnam-do. In addition to serving in public office, Mayor Huh has been a competent politician, and he has built his career by serving as the Democratic Party chairman of Gyeongsangnam-do and the co-director of Gyeongsangnam-do Election Commission for the 19th Presidential Candidate Moon Jae-in. He is currently in charge of the chairman of the Democratic Party for Changwon Future Innovation Special Committee in Gyeongsangnam-do. His administration is focused on making Changwon’s prosperity more inclusive and building happier, safer, healthier, and more sustainable neighborhood across the city of Changwon. With the catchphrase of “New Changwon, People-oriented City”, he is passionate about making innovative as well as positive change in Changwon and recently among other things is an advocate for the city’s goal of establishing Hydrogen Energy and Industry Eco-system. Changwon city designated the 1st day of November as the Hydrogen Industry Day and has kept encouraging and promoting its prosperous development. He received a Bachelor’s degree in administration from Busan National University, and now he gives lectures on and off as a visiting professor at Gyeongnam University.

Dr. ChoongYeol YE, Chief Research Officer, Carbon Neutral Transport Research Group, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), Sejong, Korea

ChoongYeol (Peter) YE is the leader of Carbon Neutral Transport Research Group at Korea Transport Institute (KOTI). He has served as Vice President of KOTI, Chief Director for International Cooperation and Regional Studies, Chief Director of Logistics and Air Transport Research Department, and Chief Director of Planning and Management Department at KOTI. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of transportation research. Started from urban transportation issues, he has conducted various studies on transport and logistics. His research interests include global transportation and logistics system; transportation system for developing countries, air cargo transportation and intermodal freight transport. His recent research has expanded to transport measures responding to COVID-19 and climate change. He has worked at the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Business Hub from 2003 to 2005 for establishing a Logistics Hub Strategy of Korea, and at the World Bank from 2010 to 2012 as a senior transport specialist. He received a Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering from Loughborough University in the UK. He holds a master’s degree in transport planning from Seoul National University.

Jeong Whon Yu, Professor, Department of Transportation Systems Engineering, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea

Jeong W. Yu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea, in 1991 and 1993, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2002. He has been a Professor of Department of Transportation Systems Engineering at Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea, since March 2005. Before joining the university, he was a research associate at Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), which is a central government research arm in land transport, aviation, and logistics. His research interests broadly include the use of econometrics, operations research, control theory, and computational intelligence techniques to model and evaluate the dynamics of transportation networks at both the micro and macro levels, especially in the context of human behavior and advanced information systems. Dr. Yu’s Ph.D. dissertation received the 2002 Eric Pas Best Dissertation Award from the International Association for Travel Behavior Research.

Seonghwan Kim. Senior Deputy Director, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), Sejong, Korea

Dr. Seonghwan Kim is the Senior Deputy Director responsible for developing, formulating and coordinating national transportation policies and programs at the Transport Policy Coordination Division of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea (MOLIT). Mr. Kim has a pivotal role in designing sustainable transportation policies and setting up national plans for achieving net-zero emissions in the transport sector. His efforts contributed significantly to the establishment of Korea’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and 2050 Carbon Neutral Strategy, which show the Korean government’s commitment to the shift toward a sustainable and green society. Mr. Kim and his team are currently working on creating an institutional framework to promote sustainable mobility, such as by legislating for the promotion of development and deployment of diverse mobility solutions. In addition to his profound understanding of carbon neutral transport policies, Mr. Kim has acquired extensive experience in diverse fields of transport and infrastructure throughout his career at MOLIT. He served as a deputy director in charge of various national infrastructure construction projects, including highspeed railways and highways, and also took part in the policy-making process on industrial infrastructure such as national industrial parks and logistics complexes. Mr. Kim was also a member of the Central Deliberation Committee on Construction Technology under MOLIT. Mr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from Seoul National University and a Bachelor’s degree in civil, urban and geosystem engineering from the same university.

Bianca Bianchi Alves, Senior Urban Transport Specialist, World Bank

Bianca Bianchi Alves is a Senior Urban Transport Specialist from the World Bank and PhD in Transport Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Sao Paulo. Her academic work focuses on travel behavior, reliability and demand modeling for transport. She has 20 years of experience working with TT22 High-Level Technical Sessions Speaker Briefing Page 6 of 7 planning and implementation of passenger rail, bus rapid transit, and roads, both in Latin America and the US. Since joining the Bank, she has been working in Latin America and since 2021 in South Asia with Rail/BRT Projects, clean technologies, urban logistics, and sustainable transport policies.

Thierry Desclos, Director of project for multilateral organizations and development, CEREMA (Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement), France

Thierry Desclos is Director of project for multilateral organizations and development at CEREMA. CEREMA which stands for Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Urban Planning, is the major French public agency for developing public expertise in the fields of mobility, urban planning, regional cohesion and ecological and energy transition, to foster resilient and climate-neutral cities and regions. Thierry is in charge of developing the international scope of CEREMA, its links with development banks and multilateral institutions and the range of its projects and trainings abroad. From 2011 till 2019, he worked at the World Bank as a senior urban transport specialist. He worked on urban mobility projects and provided technical assistance in North Africa, the Middle East and South America. He was also in charge of monitoring and delivering the training program on urban mobility “Leaders in Urban Transport Planning” (LUTP). Before joining the Bank, he worked at the French Ministry of Transport, Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, and Housing where he was at some point Head of the Urban Transport and Railway Division. Thierry is a former alumni of the French national administrative school (ENA) and from Rennes University.

Jason Allford, Special Representative (Country Manager), World Bank Group Korea Office, East Asia and Pacific

Jason Allford assumed duties as the Special Representative of World Bank Group (WBG)’s Korea Office in August 2021. The WBG Korea office includes staff of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). In this role, Mr. Allford oversees the office as a global hub on innovation and technology for sustainable development, bringing lessons from Korea’s development experience – particularly in relation to innovation, technology, and green growth – and applying them to the World Bank’s operational work in other World Bank member countries. The office, which links Korean public and private sector partners with other parts of the World Bank Group and with counterparts in other countries, was established in Songdo, Korea in 2013. The Korean Government and the World Bank Group renewed their support for the office and its role in the World Bank’s work program for the third time in July 2021. An Australian national, Mr. Allford joined the Australian Government in 1994, focusing on macroeconomic analysis, forecasting and fiscal policy. He previously worked at the World Bank Group from 2014 to 2018, representing 15 countries from Asia and the Pacific including Korea at the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. He has also worked as an adviser on fiscal policy to governments in Africa, East Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Allford holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania.

Jee-Sun Lee, Research Fellow in the department of Logistics Research, KOTI, Sejong, Korea; Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Jee-Sun Lee is a research fellow in Logistics Research Department at the Korea Transport Institute in Korea (KOTI), and has just joined the team of Transport in South Asia Region at the World Bank as a senior transport specialist according to the global secondment program between KOTI and WB. She has worked for 11 years or so at KOTI, where her main tasks were to develop the policy directions mainly in the field of trucking industry and urban freight in Korea. She had actively involved in the projects such as trucking industry/market (also including parcel delivery services) survey and analysis, freight rates and road safety, Smart system of freight management, and sustainable city logistics. She is currently committee members of Korea National Logistics Policy Council, MOLIT Regulatory Review Committee, and a couple of local government’s logistics policy councils in Korea. Her major is geography specializing in transportation geography and regional science. She holds her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Master and Bachelor degrees from Seoul National University in Korea.