Although some countries, even in the face of the energy crisis, continue to pursue a green agenda, the South Korean government has reported a review of the plans for the evolution of the country's energy system adopted under the country's previous President, Moon Jae Ine. If 30.2 per cent of renewable energy was to be generated by 2030, only 21.5 per cent is now expected, and the share of nuclear power will be increased from 23.9 per cent to 32.8 per cent.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has published a draft of the Tenth Basic Electricity Supply Plan, which predicts energy consumption over the next 15 years, one of its most important parts being a change in the proportion of different energy sources; in particular, the gradual withdrawal of nuclear power from the game, as well as an increase in the share of green energy, will have to be postponed.
However, the share of coal and liquefied natural gas consumption has remained almost unchanged from previous projects, with coal accounting for 21.2% of energy consumption by 2030 and LNG accounting for 20.9%.
The country ' s peak energy consumption is expected to reach 117.3 GW in 2036, but the production capacity for energy generation should have a reserve of 142 GW, approximately 22 per cent higher than planned consumption, and the plan expects the construction of new nuclear power plants as well as the conversion of some existing thermal power plants from coal to natural gas.
According to the South Korean greenhouse gas emission reduction plan, by 2030 the country will have reduced its emissions to 149.9 million tons, 44.4% lower than in 2018.
Previously, South Korea's previous president, Moon Jae In, identified nuclear power stations as the main source of electricity in the country for the next 60 years.