Sustainability: South Korea

September 2021

South Korea is a regional sustainability leader, thanks to its strong position in biodiversity protection, food availability and environmental resilience. As a developed country, South Korea can also boast universal electricity and clean water access, as well as great water productivity. Nevertheless, due to its fossil-fuel-dependent energy sector, pollution is elevated, and the water supply is increasingly strained on a per capita basis due to the effect of rising climate change on water resour

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Sustainability: South Korea



South Korea aims to improve energy efficiency and gradually phase out coal and nuclear power from its energy mix
South Korea is one of the worst performers in terms of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels per capita
Sustainable forest management policy helps to protect country’s forests and biodiversity
Lack of renewable water resources available pose a threat to water supply
South Korea increasingly invests in smart farming
High resilience to extreme natural events thanks to sufficient response capacities


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: South Korea Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: South Korea Chart 3 Energy Ranking: South Korea Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape: South Korea Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: South Korea Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: South Korea Chart 7 Air Pollution: South Korea Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: South Korea Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: South Korea Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: South Korea Chart 11 Water Ranking: South Korea Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: South Korea Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: South Korea Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: South Korea Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: South Korea Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: South Korea Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: South Korea Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: South Korea

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