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South Korea Looks to Nuclear Expansion in Bid to Meet Climate Targets

  • Country to maintain emissions goal by building more nuclear
  • Renewables will continue to be deployed at ‘reasonable level’
The Shin-Kori nuclear power plant in Ulsan.

The Shin-Kori nuclear power plant in Ulsan.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korea will expand the role of nuclear energy in order to meet its climate target. 

President Yoon Suk Yeol’s new government will increase the portion of atomic power in the energy mix to meet its emissions reductions goal, or Nationally Determined Contribution, it said Thursday. It will maintain the target set by the previous administration to cut emissions by 40% from 2018 levels by 2030.