Updated October 18, 2017

South Korea

  • Environmental Progress is working with our friends and allies in South Korea to save its nuclear plants, and protect its valuable nuclear export business.

  • EP has published two investigative pieces on work by Greenpeace [also in Korean] and Friends of the Earth (FOE) [in Korean] to kill nuclear energy in South Korea.

  • Nuclear power is a key component to achieving peace with North Korea and improving relations among world powers.

    • Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes and Michael Shellenberger co-authored an op-ed in Foreign Affairs urging peace talks and the use of nuclear energy as an incentive for North Korea.

    • Environmental Progress coordinated an open letter signed by Rhodes and climate scientists including Jim Hansen, urging peace talks.

  • South Korea is the world leader in nuclear.

    • South Korea's 25 nuclear reactors provide it with one third of its total electricity.

    • Nuclear capacity in the country was set to increase from 23 GWe to 38 GWe by 2029, but under newly elected President Moon Jae-in, South Korea plans to completely phase-out its nuclear sector by 2060.

    • Without nuclear, South Korea’s emissions would increase the equivalent of up to 27 million cars added to the road.

    • South Korea is the only remaining Western competitor with China and Russia for the export of nuclear technology. It is today finishing construction on a $20 billion contract to build four reactors in the United Arab Emirates