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Samsung Struggles to Go Green in Coal-Addicted South Korea

Tech giant is being urged to pressure the country’s new government to make a faster shift to clean energy

Samsung Electronics Co. runs its factories in Europe and the US entirely on clean energy. But in South Korea, the world’s largest smartphone maker is shackled by a domestic grid dependent on fossil fuels and a scarcity of renewable power.

Under pressure from climate-focused global investors, Samsung has emerged as a symbol of South Korea’s struggle to shift to green power. Now, with newly-inaugurated President Yoon Suk Yeol reviewing the country’s climate policies, environmental groups and some asset managers say it’s time for Samsung to set clear carbon targets and lobby the government to help it achieve them.