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South Korea to Build Nuclear Plants to Meet Net-Zero Targets

  • Country to lift atomic power generation above 30% by 2030
  • 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 build four more nuclear reactors by 2030, and extend the life of 10 older units, as the new government backs atomic power as a key tool to zero out emissions.

Atomic energy will provide more than 30% of the nation’s electricity generation by the end of the decade, up from 27.4% last year, the energy ministry said Tuesday. The ministry didn’t break down targets for the rest of the energy mix.