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S. Korea emitted 701.3m tonnes of greenhouse gas in 2019, according to the Environment Ministry

S. Korea emitted 701.3m tonnes of greenhouse gas in 2019, according to the Environment Ministry

SEOUL According to Yonhap, the Environment Ministry stated that South Korea had emitted 701.3 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2019.

According to the ministry, the 2019 figure, which was confirmed by the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center (GGIRC), represents a 3.5 per cent drop in the 2018 total.

This was mainly due to a decrease in power plant emissions, which dropped from 268.5 million tonnes to 248.7million tons. Also, alternative ozone layer depleting substances decreased from 8.8million tons to 6.3million tons.

However, road transport and non-metal emissions rose by 2.75 million and 1.13 millions tons, respectively.

87.2 percent of total emission was accounted for by industry. This is 611.5 million tonnes. Due to fine dust air pollution reduction measures, the energy sector’s emissions fell by 3.3 percent or 21 million tonnes from 2018.

7.4 percent, 3.4%, and 2.4 percent respectively were taken up by industrial plants, farming, and waste sectors.

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Nearly 380 tonnes of greenhouse gas were released per 1 billion won ($841,000), which is 5.6 percent less than the 401 tons recorded in 2018.

The individual gas emission was 13.6 tonnes, which is down 3.7 percent from the 14.1 tons in 2018.

According to the ministry the 2020 total emission is expected to drop to 648.6 Million Tonnes. Yonhap

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