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The country aims to generate 35% of its electricity from renewables by 2040. Look up as you walk the streets of South Korea’s capital and you’ll see a renewable-energy revolution taking place. By 2022, every public building and 1 million homes in the city are set to be powered by solar. The Solar City Seoul project is part of a programme to wean Asia’s fourth-largest economy off its dependence on coal, gas and nuclear for power generation. The country aims to generate 35% of its electricity from renewables by 2040. The World Economic Forum’s Energy Transition Index , which benchmarks countries’ energy systems and supports them as they move to cleaner power sources, ranks South Korea 48th out of 115 nations surveyed. Its capital wants to lead the transition. Seoul is engaging citizens and businesses with a host of initiatives to make solar more affordable, accessible, and in some cases mandatory. The Solar City Seoul project has already added enough new capacity to cut more than 100 tonnes of CO2. Its government says it will fit panels on every public building with suitable space by 2022 and help a quarter of the city’s 4 million households install them, too, […]

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