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S. Korea's CO2 emissions grow fastest among OECD members

All News 09:37 April 11, 2016

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have grown at the fastest pace among OECD member nations over the past two decades, mainly due to the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels, bucking the global trend of reducing greenhouse gases, data showed Monday.

CO2 emissions per person in South Korea more than doubled from 5.4 tons in 1990 to 11.4 tons in 2013, while the corresponding average figure for the OECD declined 7.2 percent to 9.5 tons during the same period, according to the data compiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Chile came next in CO2 emissions increases with 108.2 percent, followed by Turkey with 62.4 percent.

South Korea's carbon emissions are mainly attributable to the heavy reliance on coal fuel, the main culprit of greenhouse gas emissions, the agency said.

CO2 emissions by burning coal in Asia's fourth-largest economy soared 147 percent to 580 million tons during the period, accounting for 4.7 percent of total emissions by OECD members in 2013.

South Korea's per-capita coal consumption was 2.29 tons of coal equivalent (TCE) in 2014, the fifth largest in the world following Kazakhstan, Australia, Taiwan and South Africa, the IEA said.


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