Minister Han Jeong-ae, who took office on January 22 last year and served 467 days as the head of the Ministry of Environment, held the last press conference at the Flood Control Center in Dongjak-gu, Seoul on the 3rd. A minister who emphasized ‘continue running the policy’ said that it is necessary to continue the policy direction, such as increasing the proportion of renewable energy in the country and relieving victims of humidifier disinfectant.
“When I took office, carbon neutrality seemed like a far-off country, but now it’s a natural thing and we are asking if the industry can handle it well.” “It was a bit disappointing that the next government seems to have a different direction of interest from the global trend,” he said. He then replied, “I think it will come back (to the original direction) in the process of forming and operating the government.”
Minister Han said, “I think the 40% NDC setting was appropriate. It is impossible to overcome the climate crisis without a challenging goal.” He said, “I think Korea’s resources are limited, so we need to adjust the energy mix to some extent,” he said.
Environment Minister candidate Han Hwa-jin argued at the National Assembly’s personnel hearing the day before that he did not “reflect industry opinions” in setting the National Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal (NDC). In response, Minister Han said, “People from other industries with high emissions, such as cement, steel, and petrochemicals, participated in the Carbon Neutrality Committee, and all of the mid-term and venture industries representing the industry also came in. It is difficult to agree with the statement that the industry did not listen.” rebutted
The Humidifier Disinfectant Private Adjustment Committee recently prepared a final adjustment plan, but Oxy Reckitt Benckiser and Aekyung Industrial did not accept it among nine major companies. It is demanding that the ‘finality’ of this reconciliation bill be guaranteed. Minister Han expressed the position that the current humidifier disinfectant damage relief law needs to be revised through legislation in the National Assembly. He explained that the current 7,000 victims will be compensated through private mediation, but the few additional victims will have to be taken care of by the state for a ‘final solution’.
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