1. Around 80% of Korea's primary energy supply comes from fossil fuels and 16% from nuclear energy, with just 2% supplied by renewable energy. Korea ranks only 15th in the G20 for its investments in renewable energy, lagging behind all its Asian G20 partners, including Indonesia and India.
2. In 2012 South Korea saw malfunctions at 16 nuclear plants. This fact alone illustrates the tremendous risks nuclear power poses to the Korean people.
3. Around 3.4 million people live within the 30-kilometer radius of the Kori nuclear reactor, the oldest reactor in the country, and one of the nuclear facilities suffering from frequent malfunctions and safety-related scandals. This makes it the only reactor in the world to have such a high density of people living nearby.
4. Last year, the Seoul government closed two nuclear reactors because “thousands of substandard parts” for them “had been supplied with fake warranties for over 10 years.” The scandal saw engineers and suppliers sent to prison.
5. South Korea currently has 21 nuclear reactors, and is planning to build 11 more, despite the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi once again proving the massive risks that this technology poses to public, environmental and economic health.
6. South Korean media has reported the government would spend $9 million US to counter the anti-nuclear work of Greenpeace and other non-governmental organisations.
7. But the good news is that in our report "Energy [R]evolution", we've shown how Korea can phase out nuclear energy by 2030, while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This revolution will also create jobs and save $4 billion US a year in investment and fuel costs!
Image: Greenpeace activists together with other hundreds of people march in Seoul to mark the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and to call for nuclear energy to be phased out in South Korea. © Jun Michael Park / Greenpeace