South Korea to increase nuclear share to over 30% of total power generation by 2036

South Korea to increase nuclear share to over 30% of total power generation by 2036

AA / Seoul / Mohammed Al Ragawi

South Korea announced on Thursday an increase in the share of nuclear power to more than 30% of its total energy production by 2036, as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

The Ministry of Energy said in a statement that the government plans to increase the share of nuclear power from 23.4% in 2018 to 34.6% by 2036, the agency reports. South Korean press Yonhap.

The same source said the government also plans to increase renewable energy sources from 6.2% in 2018 to 30.6% by 2036.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said South Korea will reduce coal-fired power generation by 41.9 percent in 2018, to 14.4 % by 2036.

The decision came at a time when South Korea is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% this year, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Seoul currently operates 20 nuclear reactors out of the 25 in the country. There are also 4 other reactors which are in the maintenance phase, according to the local news agency.

Nuclear energy covers around 30% of South Korea’s electricity needs.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.


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