Energy group criticizes Ban Ki-moon’s ‘non-carbon-neutral theory’ for ‘irresponsibility’


Speech at the Carbon Neutral New Technology Exhibition “Nuclear is essential”
Energy/environmental group “Looks like a narrow-minded expert”

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the ‘2021 Bitgaram International Electric Power Technology Expo (BIXPO)’ held at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Seo-gu, Gwangju on the morning of the 10th. yunhap news

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the ‘2021 Bitgaram International Electric Power Technology Expo (Bixpo)’, an exhibition of new technologies for carbon neutrality that opened on the 10th, and emphasized the ‘carbon neutrality without nuclear power plant’, causing a backlash from environmental and energy-related groups. have. The argument that “it is difficult to achieve carbon neutrality without nuclear power” is a constant practice in the nuclear industry and is not new. However, environmental and energy-related organizations paid attention to the fact that it was a public remark made by a powerful person who could appear neutral in the debate over nuclear power as he served not only as the UN secretary-general but also as the chairman of the National Climate and Environment Conference. In a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of BIXPO held in Gwangju on the same day, former President Ban Ban said, “The Carbon Neutrality Committee plans to increase the percentage of renewable energy to 70.8%, but many experts point out that it is impossible given the domestic topographical conditions and climatic environment. “Carbon neutrality is impossible without nuclear power plants,” he said. In response, the Energy Transition Forum issued a statement on the 11th and criticized, “These remarks of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon only serve the interests of some stakeholders in the energy industry, and are very irresponsible remarks that make the energy transition policy political.” The organization said, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists that was a very important basis for the climate change convention, already reported in its report that when carbon neutrality is achieved by 2050, renewable energy accounts for at least 69 of the total power generation. %~86%.” “In this situation, it is silent on the expansion of renewable energy and the tasks for it, and speaking only about the need for the use of small-scale module nuclear power plants (SMR), whose commercialization is uncertain even after 2030, is a serious climate crisis. “I’m very concerned that carbon neutrality could lead to the wrong timeline in the circumstances.” The group said, “As the former UN Secretary-General, it is regrettable that I spoke in the wrong direction with the advice of narrow and narrow-minded experts, despite the need to provide a proper direction based on the opinions of various experts.” The Korea Federation for Environmental Movement also commented on the same day, saying, “The remarks of former President Ban Ki-moon are utter nonsense of understanding Korea’s energy transition policy and the principle of a just transition. Claiming that nuclear power is a carbon-neutral alternative is merely following the logic of the nuclear power industry.” “Nuclear power plants are becoming vulnerable in the era of climate crisis, with frequent breakdowns and shutdowns in the face of major disasters such as typhoons and floods caused by the climate crisis,” the Korea Environment Federation said. In addition, according to the 2021 World Nuclear Power Industry Trend Report (WNISR), the equalized cost of generation (LCOE) for renewable energy in 2020 is $37/mWh, while nuclear is $163/mWh, so it is not economical compared to renewable energy.” . The nuclear power generation cost presented in the World Nuclear Power Industry Trend Report at 4 times that of renewable energy generation is based on the US market, excluding subsidies, by Lazard, a global asset management company. Regarding Ban’s emphasis on the development of small module reactors (SMR), the Korea Environment Coalition also said, “The development of smart reactors, which is called Korea’s strength, was judged unsuitable for a preliminary feasibility study and was abandoned once in 2008, and previous governments tried to export them, but failed. did. It is not correct to claim that a small module reactor that has not been properly verified for safety, let alone commercialization, is a carbon-neutral alternative.” By Kim Jung-soo, senior staff reporter [email protected]

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