The Carbon-Free Island 2030 (CFI 2030) initiative will transform the city of Jeju into a net-zero hub utilizing state-of-the-art technology including renewable energy, electric vehicles (EVs), smart grids and microgrids. Started in 2012, the partnership is the first carbon-free project in the world to target an area with a population of over 500,000.
As of 2020, Jeju’s renewable energy generation is ranked the highest in Korea at 16.2% (757MW). The island currently has 23,000 electric vehicles and plans to ban registration of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030. Jeju’s local wind energy fund, the first in Korea, was established in 2017 to enable the regional energy transition by providing energy subsidies to small and medium enterprises, promoting renewable energy and supporting education in Jeju schools as well as awareness campaigns for adults. Under CFI 2030, Jeju built the world’s largest national smart grid demonstration complex. The microgrid system implemented in Gapado Island lowered electricity bills for Gapado’s 220 residents by one-fifth through home solar facilities.
Jeju began operating Korea’s first offshore wind farm in 2016 and is currently building its first large-scale test site for green hydrogen production, storage and application utilizing renewable energy. By establishing Korea’s first green hydrogen production test site, increasing the supply of EVs and scaling up hydro-mobility projects, Jeju will create jobs and serve as a new driving force for the region.
Asia Climate Change Education Center, CFI Jeju Corporation, CIFAL Jeju/JITC (Jeju International Training Center), German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Green Technology Center, International Electric Vehicle EXPO, H2KOREA, JECO/Jeju Energy Corporation, Jeju National University Smart Grid Research Center, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Jeju Research Institute, JTP, KOMIPO, Ministry of Environment Republic of Korea, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Republic of Korea, Nalmannanunsub Non Profit Corporation, Tamra Offshore Wind Power Co. Ltd