South Korea will suspend as much as a quarter of its coal-fired power plants within the next three months, at the same time as demand for electricity peaks throughout the bitter winter, because it seeks to deal with air pollution, Seoul stated Thursday.
The world’s 11th largest economic system is struggling to deal with growing public concern over airborne particles and pollution, referred to as “fine dust,” which has raised public fears of omnipresent environmental harm.
Air pollution is classified as a “social disaster,” and plenty of South Koreans blame China, the supply of the prevailing winds and the world’s biggest polluter, which is extra steadily affected by choking bouts of filthy air.
The South is mostly poor in resources; however nonetheless operates 60 coal-fired power stations, which offer over 40 % of the nation’s electricity supply. At the least eight and as many 15 can have operations suspended from Sunday till February 29, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy stated in an announcement.
The remaining plants will cut back output to 80 % of capability over the period, it stated, including the measures would scale back the sector’s fine dust production by as much as 44 percent. However, its first priority could be to take care of a “stable power supply.”
Electricity demand soars for heating in winter and is anticipated to peak within the fourth week of January. At the moment shops might be banned from maintaining their doors open as an energy-saving measure, the ministry stated, with violators fined as much as three million won ($2,500).