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government has announced a new energy policy direction.

As President Yoon Seok-yeol declared during his candidacy, the key is to significantly increase the proportion of nuclear power generation.

It seems that local residents and environmental groups will protest immediately.

This issue was pointed out by environmental reporter Jang Se-man.

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Moon Jae-in government has pushed for a gradual reduction of nuclear power plants.

The ratio of nuclear power plants was set to be lowered to 23.9% by 2030, but the new government will raise it to the 30% level.

The number of nuclear power plants that will be shut down by 2030 is 10, but they are extending their lifespan by 10 years and increasing the proportion of nuclear power plants by re-promoting Shin-Hanul Units 3 and 4, which were suspended during the previous administration.

We are investing KRW 400 billion to develop our own small module nuclear power plant, and we are also promoting the export of nuclear power plants.

The proportion of each power source, including renewable energy and fossil fuels, was decided to be finalized at the end of the coming year, but the renewable energy sector is expected to decrease.

[Seung-Hoon Yoo/Professor, Department of Energy Policy, Seoul National University of Science and Technology: (2030 NDC 40%) Instead of reducing the target, it is not a reasonable decision in its own way (I think it is a reasonable decision because it is only adjusting between renewable energy and nuclear power, which are the same carbon-free power sources.)

] We decided to establish a cost-based system that reflects fuel costs for electricity rates, which caused a large-scale KEPCO deficit by delaying the policy.

Although there are aspects of the expansion of nuclear power plants that are inevitable to achieve carbon neutrality and energy security, the establishment of a clogged nuclear waste disposal site is still a stumbling block.

They said they would resume the construction of Shin-Hanul Units 3 and 4 as quickly as possible, but protests from local residents and environmental groups are expected.

[Daul Jang / Policy Advisor, Greenpeace: It is a reality we know that there are clearly social likes and dislikes about nuclear power plants.

If the nuclear power plant is promoted unilaterally like this again, it could be overturned again depending on what direction the next government decides...


There is also concern that the solar and wind power targets are lagging behind in the context of the growing international need for renewable energy, such as the RE100 and the carbon border adjustment system.

(Video editing: Park Ki-duk)