Climate Change

and Energy Policy

November 4, 2021

By Jessica Pedro, 2021 GMPA Student(Public Management and Public Sector Reforms)

Thoughts on the Lecture on

Climate Change and Energy Policy

In the opening lecture for the "Meeting with the Leaders of Korean Public Organizations" series of the SNU-GSPA, Professor Cho, Hwan Eik, former President and CEO of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), spoke about climate change and energy policy, and how it is the most urgent agenda among today’s wide range of global issues.

Professor Cho highlighted how the discussions about climate change have come far in the global arena which has triggered various policy responses from different states. Among others, the 2015 Paris Agreement is a landmark policy committed to by 195 nations to address the impacts of climate change. With the increasing number of various natural disasters and calamities experienced both by rich and developing countries alike, concrete actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change only become more critical and urgent day by day.

What struck me the most about Professor Cho’s lecture was that he did not sugarcoat how South Korea needs to be more proactive in its global responsibility in this fight not only as a developed nation, but because it is also among the top 10 largest emitters in the world. The same goes for the other developed nations.

Finally, he emphasized that the energy policies should not only focus on strategies targeting the supply side, i.e., finding the right mix of energy sources, but also on the demand side, such as building comprehensive smart cities among other reforms.

Aside from issues related to climate and energy policy, Professor Cho also shared valuable insights to us, young public officers, to have a fruitful and meaningful career in public administration. First, we must always have a global competitiveness mindset and to never stop learning. More importantly, we must have pride and confidence in what we do to become successful leaders with the best intention for our home countries. These words will serve as a challenge for me and my fellow scholars to make the most out of this program and contribute to the development of our nations.