On his fifth day in power, South Korea’s new president shut down 10 big coal-power plants
One of the world’s most contaminated urban areas, the South Korean capital, Seoul. It’s nothing unexpected that air contamination was one of the key campaign issues for the recently elected president, Moon Jae-in.
That is the reason, on his fifth day in power, Moon has reported that the nation will briefly shade 10 coal control plants now and will close them down totally inside his five-year term. The move ought to bring relief from the stifling air contamination, however, it brings up issues of South Korea’s energy security.
By 2060, air contamination may kill upwards of 9 million people worldwide every year, as per an OECD report. South Korea is relied upon to endure the most deaths among the world’s wealthier nations. Koreans complained that China was to be faulted for its contamination issue, as the smog floated over the Yellow Sea. Be that as it may, its own particular coal control plants somewhat excessively fault, as well.
Decommissioned plants tumbled Nuclear Power’s contribution to South Korea’s mix from 40% to 30% in the last 10 years.
To compensate for the fall, the commitment of coal has shot up to 40% (paywall). The nation works 53 coal-control plants and plans to construct another 20 in the following five years.
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. New coal control plants are probably going to be more effective and create less particulate contamination than old ones. In any case, if South Korea needs a more powerful answer for its air contamination issue, it should hope to build the commitment of low-carbon sources. For example, solar and wind from a negligible 8% of its energy mix. Currently, the country ranks the lowest for renewable energy use among the 35 members of the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries.