World Carbon Market Database

South Korea ETS Database

South Korea

525 companies, emitting a total of around 550 MtCO2


The South Korea's cap-and-trade system started on 1 January 2015, and is part of the country’s goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent to 2020 compared to business-as-usual levels. This objective equates to a 4% reduction below 2005 emissions levels.

The Korean emissions trading scheme currently includes 525 companies, accounting for 68 percent of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.


Phase I: 2015-2017

Phase II: 2018-2020

Phase III: 2021-2026

Emissions threshold : 125,000 tCO2 at company level and 25,000 tCO2 at installation level

Gas coverage: CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6

Distribution of free carbon allowances: 100% in Phase I, 97% in Phase II and 90% in Phase III.


Phase I carbon allowance allocations

Carbon allowance allocation 2015 2016 2017 Total Phase I
All ETS quantity (with reserves) (KAUs) 573,460,132 562,183,138 550,906,142 1,686,549,412
Pre-allocation quantity (KAUs) 543,227,433 532,575,917 521,924,398 1,597,727,748
Allowance reserves (KAUs) 30,232,699 29,608,221 28,982,744 88,821,664

KAU: Korean Allowance Unit (eq. 1 tCO2 allowance)


The South Korea ETS Database includes the following information on the 525 companies participating to the cap-and-trade programme:

  • Company name
  • Sector of activity
  • Postal address (street, city, postcode)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e) from 2007 to 2013 (data extracted from our Korea GHG Reporting Database)


The Korea ETS Database is available in English language as well as in Korean.

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