S. Korea to help Bangladesh tackle climate change

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will help Bangladesh reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its three major brickyards as part of its global campaign against climate change, Seoul's environment ministry said Monday.

Brickfields have become one of the big polluters in the South Asian country, emitting 9.81 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to the ministry.

Seoul seeks to reduce the factories' emissions by changing their production processes, the ministry said, anticipating it will be able to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from each factory by 50,000 tons.

When the aid program is put on a United Nations list as planned next year, South Korea will acquire rights to emit an additional 22,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually above its Kyoto Agreement obligations, the ministry said.

"We expect the program will help improve South Korea's international image as a green growth leader and contribute to domestic firms' inroads into the overseas market," the ministry said in a press release.

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