Significant changes to the architecture of the current energy system are inevitable due to mounting environmental problems. Addressing these threats will require a dramatically different approach to meeting energy needs than we currently practice. A key society at the crossroads of the ongoing energy revolution is South Korea. Its rapid economic development is admired and sought by many. At the same time, South Korea faces significant social and environmental challenges that, if not addressed, will make its achievements ring hollow. This volume reports a detailed portrait for replacing the current regime of energy waste and risk with one that builds on reduced use of energy to pursue the society’s social and economic aims. A revolution in energy consumption is needed for South Korea to take its first step toward a sustainable future. Yet, this volume demonstrates this revolution is technologically feasible and economically available. South Korea can, and we hope will, seize this opportunity for environmental leadership.
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