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Fishing industry issues complicate South Korea’s net-zero ambitions

April 29, 2021

The Bharat Express News:

Resource-poor South Korea wants to spend billions on wind power to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but its plans are being held up by fishermen who say tackling climate change threatens their catches.

The centerpiece of the plan is what the government says will be the world’s largest offshore wind complex.

The 8 gigawatt farm off Sinan in the southwest of the country will help the South become one of the world’s five largest offshore wind farms by the end of the decade, he said. in February when signing a 48 trillion won ($ 43 billion) construction deal. .

But the plan met fierce opposition from local fishermen as soon as it was reported in 2017.

“Those who make a living at sea are fundamentally opposed to the idea,” protest leader Jang Geun-bae said. “It will drastically reduce the area of ​​the ocean where we can fish.”

Becoming the world’s No. 5 offshore wind farmer was “ambitious but not unrealistic,” said Norm Waite, an analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

Its current capacity was only 100 megawatts, he said, but it “has the building blocks to become a major player in offshore wind.” 

[Staff Report]

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