South Korea Weighs Shift From Coal-Fired Power

first_imgSouth Korea Weighs Shift From Coal-Fired Power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Seerat Chabba for the International Business Times:The South Korean government announced Wednesday that the country was considering closing aged coal-fired power plants in a bid to curb fine dust emissions. The move comes in light of worsening air pollution.The Office for Government Policy Coordination under the Prime Minister’s Office has been preparing a set of comprehensive measures to address the rising environmental concerns. It aims to work jointly with the ministries of environment, energy and finance in this endeavor, Yonhap News Agency reported.At the December 2015 global climate deal in Paris, South Korea scrapped plans for four coal-fired power plants as part of its pledge to the summit. However, 20 new plants are still planned by 2021.Out of 53 coal power plants in South Korea, 11 are over 30 years old, and three have been in operation for more than 40 years.The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has been drafting a plan to close the plants over 40 years of age. These are blamed as the main culprits of fine dust, along with old diesel vehicles.Yonhap also reported that policymakers have been making efforts to step up regional cooperation with neighboring countries to fight air pollution and to improve air quality. Replacement of the coal plants with liquefied natural gas facilities has also been suggested.Full Article: South Korea Considers Shutdown Of Old Coal Power Plants To Reduce Emissionslast_img