Engaging communities in waste-to-energy development in Korea

Engaging communities in waste-to-energy development in Korea

Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Type: 
Public information and advocacy materials
Abstract

This report looks at renewable energy while considering social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Based on lessons learned from the Republic of Korea’s waste-to-energy policies and its community-based approach, it draws policy recommendations and opens discussions on expanding waste to energy developments with benefit from the recovered energy going back to the communities involved. Korea’s waste-to-energy approach provides economic benefits to the local communities through energy sales, and concurrently mitigates the impact of energy and environmental issues. The approach is designed to ensure circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources with environmental integrity. The paper also provides analytical policy considerations on achieving sustainable management of waste and energy at the national and subnational level with perspective of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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