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South Korea finds balance between security and emissions

Juggling the need for energy security and adequate supply while cutting emissions is a tough task. Justin Jacobs looks at how South Korea deals with these competing demands

With few natural resources of its own, South Korea faces a more difficult task than most striking the right balance between ensuring energy security, providing affordable and adequate supply while limiting carbon emissions. The country has historically relied on imported oil and coal to do the job. Last year, the fuels accounted for around 70% of South Korea’s total energy mix, with gas and nuclear making up most of the remaining 30%. Over the coming years, though, the country will push for more investment in nuclear, natural gas and renewables as it seeks to slow the growth of its carbon emissions. South Korea’s nuclear plans, a critical component of the government’s carbon reduction pla

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