South Korea turns towards renewables

The country, traditionally a strong supporter of coal and nuclear, could switch to natural gas and renewables

The new South Korean government – elected in May – has announced plans to shift the country’s support from coal and nuclear power towards natural gas and renewables. It is a bid to ease public concerns over air pollution and nuclear safety.

Coal and nuclear power currently meet 70 per cent of the country’s electricity needs, but it is thought that shipments of the raw materials to South Korea – currently the world’s fourth biggest coal importer – could peak as early as next year.

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