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Moon to report Seoul’s emissions goal at UN climate summit

Nov. 1, 2021 - 20:52 By Yonhap

President Moon Jae-in is greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson upon his arrival at the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday. (Yonhap)
President Moon Jae-in plans to report South Korea’s raised goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at U.N. climate talks on Monday, as the COP26 talks opened with a sense of urgency regarding the need to limit global warming. 

More than 100 heads of state, including Moon, U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gathered in Glasgow, Scotland‘s biggest city, for the U.N. climate summit, which came a day after leaders of G-20 major economies stopped short of setting clear targets on carbon neutrality.

Moon is set to deliver a keynote speech at the Monday summit, where he is expected to urge the world to urgently tackle the climate crisis and highlight South Korea’s role in combating climate change. 

Last month, South Korea finalized a decision to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2018 levels by 2030, sharply raising its previous goal as part of efforts to curb the pace of climate change. 

South Korea also confirmed that it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, as the nation started tackling the challenge of responding to climate change and attaining sustainable growth simultaneously. 

At the G-20 summit in Italy, Moon pledged that South Korea will stay in lockstep with the push for carbon neutrality. 

“We will put a complete end to coal-fired power generation by 2050. Moreover, official financial support for the construction of new coal-fired power plants overseas has already been suspended,” Moon told the G-20 summit. 

“Although Korea‘s methane emissions are relatively low, we actively agree with relevant reduction efforts and will join the Global Methane Pledge,” Moon said. 

During the COP26 summit, Moon is expected to formally announce South Korea’s decision to join the Global Methane Pledge, a global pact to cut methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030. (Yonhap)