South Korea votes for emissions trading scheme

South Korea will begin an emissions trading scheme to cut the country's pollution. [ABC]
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South Korea will begin an emissions trading scheme to cut the country's pollution. [ABC]

Last Updated: Thu, 3 May 2012 15:00:00 +1000

South Korea has voted to introduce a national emissions trading scheme to cut pollution.

The scheme won almost unanimous support from the country's lawmakers, and is due to start in 2015.

Australia's Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, says it's a significant move.

"Korea is Australia's fourth largest trading partner, it's emissions are roughly the same as Australia, we're both in the top twenty greenhouse gas emitters internationally," he said.

"But one big difference there is that there's been bipartisan support for the emissions trading scheme, which has been passed."

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