The spread of COVID-19 caused sporadic lockdowns in each country, resulting in restrictions on movement and mobility. In addition, international transportation rates have increased, making it difficult to secure workers to produce products in the region. As such, the spread of COVID-19 has affected the entire industry, and a crisis over the global supply chain has emerged as instability in supply and demand of raw materials concentrated in certain regions has spread. This geographical phenomenon has a greater impact than the period when infectious diseases did not exist amid the prolonged spread of COVID-19. Against this backdrop, this study tracks the current status of South Korea's renewable energy industry. It examines the institutional thickness of new institutions/systems and intermediate support organizations that emerge as the renewable energy industry is located in the region, and analyzes the institutions and governmental policies, and the co-evolution between various actors in the region. With the spread of COVID-19 accelerating instability in supply and demand of raw materials, resulting in changes in the global production network, the government and companies have created a new type of economic space through regional coupling in various forms. Accordingly, through the three types of strategic coupling proposed by Mackinnon(2012), I will discuss the global production network of the renewable energy industry, focusing on the case of South Korea.
Keywords: covid-19|global production network(GPN)|strategic coupling|renewable energy|institutional thickness