South Korea

Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

GDP: US$ 117 billion Population: 2.2 million

Member actions


Net zero target by 2050

Policies in Development

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Climate leadership showcase


Climate leadership showcase

Net zero in South Korea: Leaders gather in Chungnam to drive forward commitment to decarbonisation: On 5th and 6th October 2023, Climate Group participated in the Carbon Neutrality International Conference in Chungnam Province, South Korea. The summit brought together political leaders, industry figures and climate campaigners to take stock of the South Korean and international net zero landscape. Across the two days, attendees shared their expertise on decarbonisation, discussed structural barriers and worked towards solutions that enable decarbonisation and support industrial development. 

Chungcheongnam-do leads the climate change response by implementing an effective greenhouse gas reduction policy: Chungcheongnam-do held international conferences on coal phaseout, unveiled innovative policies, 
and publicized the coal phaseout and energy transition at home and abroad since 2017.
In 2021, the province hosted the first Under 2 Coalition Asia-Pacific Forum to promote carbon neutrality in the Asia-Pacific region. The participants discussed the importance of carbon neutrality leadership and ways of implementing the energy transition under the theme of “Race to Net Zero.” The forum was attended by Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nicola Sturjeon, First Minister of Scotland, Helen Clarkson, CEO, Climate Group, and Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, who all stressed the necessity for carbon neutrality and sought the best ways to achieve goals. 

Chungcheongnam-do's Task Order to achieve Net Zero: The Government of Chungcheongnam-do have released their task order and net zero vision in preparation for their net zero by 2050 plan in June 2022. This provides a benchmark for their climate action, showcasing their climate action and progress on the global stage. The government's policies include maintaining transparency of their progress and climate actions as well as learning from innovative climate action taken on by other states and regions.