World Energy Congress brings global energy leaders together
Over 5-thousand delegates from more than 1-hundred countries came together at the World Energy Congress 2013.
The World Energy Council, which hosts the triennial event, said today's major energy issues represent a "energy trilemma" and include a depletion of natural resources, environmental pollution and climate change.
The delegates called for a shift toward cleaner, renewable energy and a shift away from those that emit carbon dioxide.
"One of the biggest issues is that coal and gas and fossil fuels will remain one of the most predominant energy fuels going forward. Although renewables have made a phenomenal increase in what they're doing, they are still a small percentage of the wider energy mix."
As a country with limited natural resources, Korea is heavily dependent on imports of fossil fuels and coal,… which accounts for around 70 percent of Korea's total energy mix.
But the host city of the WEC, Daegu, also known as Korea's green growth capital, represents hope.
"Daegu declared itself a solar city in 2004 and on the occasion of the World Energy Congress, Daegu has a very ambitious plan to make its renewable energy portion as high as 23 percent by 2022."
At six percent, Daegu currently has the highest renewable energy proportion of any Korean city.
It also houses the country's first solar power plant, which generates 2-hundred kilowatts of electricity,… and a pioneering R&D facility for recharging hydrogen fuel-cell automobiles.
But Daegu isn't alone it its green energy push.
The Korean government's new energy draft announced on Sunday,… calls for reduced reliance on nuclear power by nearly half to as low as 22 percent by 2035,.. and an increased dependence on renewable energy from five to 15 percent.
"As world energy leaders discuss ways to transform the global energy system to become more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly,… Korea, too, is taking its steps to tap into the future of energy.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News, Dae-gu."
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