South Korea shuts a quarter of its coal plants over winter

In late November, South Korea decided to temporarily shut down up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants over winter in an attempt to combat dangerously high levels of fine dust pollution.

The country’s energy ministry said 14 plants would be idled between December and February, and as many as 27 in March. The country has some 60 coal-fired power plants in total. The coal plant suspensions are expected to cut fine dust emissions by 44 per cent over the three months from December compared to last year.

Source: The Guardian, 28 November 2019.

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