South Korea to double down green drive for emission cut commitment

2019.11.18 14:36:20 | 2019.11.18 14:52:23

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Revving up to carbon-reducing commitment, South Korea plans to spur early commercialization of next-generation solar power generation and double the driving range of electric vehicles per single charge by 2030.

It also laid out plans to reduce probability of nuclear-related safety accidents by one hundredth of current level and develop technology to lower fine dust emissions from coal fire by more than 90 percent.

The plans were announced by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday after holding a public forum on energy technology development plan and road map in southern Seoul. The ministry’s energy-focused research and development strategies involve visions and goals for the next 10 years until 2028 as well as research and development investment strategy and policy management measures.

Under the vision to become a powerhouse in energy technology to introduce energy transformation and lead new industries, the Korean government selected four key tasks – boosting energy-related new industries, supplying clean and safe energy, structural innovation towards high-efficient and low-consumption energy, and spreading decentralized energy.

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The ministry plans to spur early commercialization of next-generation solar power cells and develop solar battery that is half the current price but with higher efficiency. It will also aim to localize key components of wind energy and secure various storage and distribution technologies to boost hydrogen economy.

The Korean government also plans to reduce fine dust level from coal energy by 90 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent by 2030 to supply clean and safe energy. It will also aim to reduce probability of nuclear-related safety accidents to one hundredth from current level and secure nuclear demolition technology.

Under measures, the government plans to increase driving range of electric vehicles from current 400 kilometers per single charge to 800 kilometers by 2030. It will also establish intelligent power network and enhance fire safety of energy storage system.

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