Jeju Island: carbon-free by 2030
ICLEI Member Jeju Island, South Korea announced that they will be charging ahead with the 'Carbon-Free Island Jeju by 2030’, a plan supporting the shift to renewable energy.
By 2030, 100% of existing fossil fuels will be substituted with renewable energy. Jeju residents will also see the proliferation of electric cars and smart homes, among many other improvements:
- Wind and solar power
Based on projections, wind and solar power sources can supply approximately 6561GW which is more than the total used amount on Jeju Island.
- Smart-grid technologies
Jeju will aim to be the world's smart grid leading city by supporting the development and implementation of smart grid technologies.
- Electric cars
371,000 electric cars and 225,000 rechargers will be available across the island by 2030. In addition, improvement of law and regulations for vitalizing electric cars and incentives for spreading battery cars will help Jeju to be a model city of electric cars.
- Green jobs
About 40,000 green jobs will be created, mostly through carbon emissions training, returning a profit of up to 35.4 billion Korean.
Gong, Young-Min, Director of Knowledge and Economy Department of Jeju Province, said that a team will be created to implement the ‘Carbon Free Island Jeju by 2030’ plan starting on the second half of this year. Jeju will also be presenting this plan at the World Conservation Congress in September.