South Korea seeks to diversify its energy sources, aiming to minimize greenhouse gas emissions; so far, Seoul has proposed to build two additional nuclear reactors over the next 15 years bringing the total number of reactors to 36.
Indeed, the country's use of electricity is expected to rise by 2.2 percent over the next 15 years, reaching 656,883 gigawatt-hours in 2029.
The seventh basic plan is supposed to diminish the country's greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with Seoul's Post 2020 Climate Change Mitigation Commitments — a UN-proposed new international initiative.
Seoul's plan, however, has sparked public environmental concerns inflamed by the Fukushima tragedy of 2011 in Japan which resulted in severe radioactive contamination of the region. The catastrophe prompted South Korea to ban fishery imports from eight of Japan's prefectures.