South Korea’s Road to Carbon Neutrality: Solutions and Obstacles

Globally, energy security policies are gaining prominence as geopolitical tensions and climate concerns intersect. The escalating impacts of climate change, evident through extreme weather events like heatwaves, heavy snowfall, typhoons, and forest fires, underscore the urgency for action. In response, major developed countries are hastening their transitions towards a green economy to mitigate climate related disasters and their socioeconomic fallout. Carbon neutrality has emerged as an irreversible international imperative, symbolizing a shift towards “low carbon, green growth” as a strategy for environmental conservation—addressing climate issues and transitioning to a low-carbon society—and a catalyst for economic growth, fostering the renewable energy industry and generating employment opportunities. This issue brief covers South Korea has emerged as a pivotal player in the global transition towards carbon neutrality, driven by its strategic adoption of state-of-the-art green technologies and evolving policy frameworks aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy sources.

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