Lockdown Helps Korea Reduce Carbon Emissions

  • By Sun Jung-min

    June 09, 2021 12:46

    People look at clear skies in Seoul on June 4. /Yonhap

    Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 7.3 percent last year as the coronavirus pandemic locked Korea down.

    According to a tentative report by the Ministry of Environment on Tuesday, 648.6 million tons of greenhouse gases were emitted across the country last year, down 5,090 tons or 7.3 percent from 2019.

    Greenhouse gas emissions also fell 3.9 percent in 2019.

    Korea has announced a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 24.4 percent by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    The decrease was possible due to reduced energy consumption and travel as well as a fall in coal's share of electricity generation.

    Power generation by coal fell by 30.9 TWh, while electricity generation by nuclear energy increased by 14.3 TWh and by new renewable energy by 5.2 TWh.

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