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South Korea Unveils $313 Billion Green Financing Plan to Combat Climate Change

South Korea Unveils $313 Billion Green Financing Plan to Combat Climate Change

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South Korea has pledged a significant financial commitment to tackling climate change, announcing a $313 billion green financing plan. This initiative aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2018 levels by 2030.

Key Elements of the Plan:

  • Policy Loans: The government, in collaboration with major banks like Korea Development Bank (KDB), will provide 420 trillion won ($313.4 billion) in policy loans. These loans will incentivize companies to transition to low-carbon production processes.
  • Green Energy Fund: A dedicated green energy fund worth 9 trillion won ($8 billion) will be established by KDB and other major banks like Woori Bank and Kookmin Bank. This fund will specifically support the construction of new green energy facilities.
  • Focus on Renewable Energy: The plan prioritizes boosting the share of renewable energy in the power generation mix from 9.2% to 21.6% by 2030. The Korea Development Bank will contribute $1.8 billion, and five major banks will invest an additional $7.2 billion towards renewable energy projects.
  • Future Energy Fund: Recognizing the challenges of financing renewable energy projects due to lengthy loan processes, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) established a future energy fund. This fund will provide strategic capital financing to expedite the transition towards renewable energy.
  • Investment in Climate Technologies: The government and banking industry will jointly invest $9 billion in climate technologies by 2030. This investment includes carbon capture technologies, which play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The $313 billion green financing plan is projected to contribute significantly to South Korea’s emission reduction goals. By 2030, these measures are anticipated to achieve a reduction of 85.97 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases, fulfilling nearly 30% of the government’s ambitious target.

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This initiative demonstrates South Korea’s strong commitment to combating climate change and transitioning to a more sustainable future. By partnering with the banking sector and implementing a multifaceted approach, South Korea paves the way for a more sustainable future.

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