SEOUL, Nuclear and coal power plants accounted for more than 70 percent of South Korea's power generation, an overseas report has showed, a clear sign of the country needing to move further to incorporate renewable resources.

The share of nuclear and coal power plants in power generation in South Korea came to 26 percent and 46.2 percent, respectively, according to the report released by British energy giant BP.

In comparison, nuclear and coal power plants accounted for 17.8 percent and 27.2 percent of power generation on average in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of developed market economies with high income.

The latest data is a reminder that the share of renewable energy accounts for just a fraction in the country's power generation.

Last year, renewable energy generated 2.8 percent of South Korea's total power generation, much lower than the average of 12.2 percent for the OECD as a whole.

Seoul is seeking to increase the ratio of renewable energy in power generation to 20 percent by 2030.

Renewable energy is that generated by natural processes such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat. These processes replenish themselves continually and are totally clean.

South Korea has decommissioned its oldest nuclear power plant as part of its policy to boost the supply of power from clean and renewable energy sources while weaning the country off nuclear and coal-fired plants.

Currently, South Korea has 24 nuclear reactors.

Source: Yonhap News Agency