Korea, Republic of


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Committee: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Republic of Korea

Delegate: Aina Patiño Pedrola, University Pompeu Fabra

Topic A: Sustainable Uses for Nuclear Energy

In 2017, the Republic of Korea suffered a radical change in the field of the usage of nuclear energy to provide electricity. The newest elected president, M. Jae-in, shook up the direction of the nuclear power in the peninsula when he carried out some changes in the national Plan on the subject, which aimed to phase it out over a period of 40 years. The 8th Basic Plan for Long-term Electricity Supply and Demand (BPLESD) (2017-2032), released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, launched in 2017, was the result of the amendments and the addition of some policies of the previous Plan to move forward to a nuclear-free Korea. For instance, increasing gas-fired generation from about 18% today to 27% by 2030 with removal of taxes on it, while increasing non-hydro renewable capacity from 5% today to about 20% by 2030, was a new measure. It should be mentioned that, to not break the developing sustainable path and to not harm the international atmosphere with nuclear weapons, we compromised ourselves: signing the Tr...