The Inter-Korean Summit received much attention globally and was a valuable first step toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. About six months earlier, another important meeting was held on South Korea’s nuclear future – the future of nuclear energy. Based on the resulting citizen’s jury report, the South Korean government subsequently published its eighth Basic Plan for Electricity Supply and Demand which aims to increase the share of renewable electricity generation in the country from 7 per cent in 2017 to 20 per cent by 2030. It also reduces the number of nuclear reactors in the country from 24 in 2018 to 14 by 2038. Despite the goal of increasing the share of renewables, environmental organisations criticised the roadmap as insufficient and lacking in ambition in phasing-out nuclear and coal-powered electricity plants. These criticisms raise a series of questions: what would happen if South Korea removes both nuclear and coal, or one of them, from its electricity-generation portfolio? Does it have a sufficient amount of alternative (i.e. renewable) energy sources?
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