Germany - In keeping with Europe's ongoing effort to move
toward responsible environmental management, Germany is set to phase
out its 19 nuclear power stations over the next 20 years. The government
deal with the energy companies will make Germany the first European
country to announce an end to nuclear power.
Less than a week after the German deal, Sweden voiced its intention
to phase out coal and nuclear power. "Both coal and nuclear
power have to be phased out if we are to reach sustainable development
around the Baltic Sea," said Environment minister, Kjell Larsson.
Sweden's 11 nuclear reactors provide 48% of the country's power
with the rest coming from wind, sun, hydro and biomass. The Swedish
government is also helping Lithuania close down one of their nuclear
Mr. Larsson said that Sweden wants to lead the world in developing
renewable energy technologies. Meanwhile Turkey, Prime Minister
Bulent Ecevit announced the cancellation of the controversial nuclear
power plant proposed for Akkuyu Bay on the Mediterranean coast north
"The world is abandoning nuclear power," the Prime Minister
said. "It is unnecessary for us, for the time being, to invest
in nuclear energy. Mr. Ecevit emphasized that Turkey would
focus on energy conservation and invest in natural gas, hydro-electricity
and solar and wind generation.
World nuclear power use is expected to peak in 2002 and then begin
a period of sustained and permanent decline.
(From Positive News: www.positivenews.org.uk)
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