SK Group moves up net zero carbon emissions deadline

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SK Group moves up net zero carbon emissions deadline

SK Inc. Chairman Chey Tae-won speaks at a meeting with the CEOs of SK affiliates on Tuesday in Icheon, Gyeonggi. [SK INC.]

SK Inc. Chairman Chey Tae-won speaks at a meeting with the CEOs of SK affiliates on Tuesday in Icheon, Gyeonggi. [SK INC.]

 
All SK Group affiliates will achieve net zero carbon emissions ahead of its 2050 goal, SK inc. Chairman Chey Tae-won said at an executive-level meeting on Tuesday.
 
“Considering the costs related to carbon emissions will constantly go up, carbon neutrality is not a matter of whether we will do it or not, but is an issue of out competitiveness,” Chey said. “If we move swiftly, we could get access to a wider array of strategies and win the competition."
 
The CEOs of the affiliates including SK Telecom and SK hynix agreed to follow through with the new objective by increasing the use of 
renewable energy.
 
The group plans to curb combined carbon emission by 35 percent by 2030 and by 85 percent through 2040 compared to emissions in 2020.  
 
SK Materials, a gas affiliate, will lead the shift, aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
 
Eight SK Group affiliates — SK Inc., SK Telecom, SK hynix, SKC, SK Siltron, SK Materials, SK Broadband and SK IE Technology — already signed up for the Renewable Energy (RE) 100 global initiative last year, becoming the first group of Korean companies to join the pledge.
 
Launched by the British non-profit organization The Climate Group in 2014, the signatories aim to realize a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050.
 
Chey also noted that the group will continue to be on the lookout for investments in the battery, hydrogen and semiconductor sectors.
 
“When we made a financial story based on investments into chips and hydrogen, the markets responded positively,” he said.
 
BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

 
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