There is debate in Brussels over whether nuclear power should be considered sustainable. If it does not affect climate change, investment in it as green will be encouraged. The European Union’s 55% cut in carbon emissions by 2030 calls for the phase-out of petroleum products, natural gas and coal, but does not include a “nuclear alternative”.
“Nuclear energy can only exist in a normal market condition if it is provided with huge subsidies. I think this is the wrong way. Nuclear power plants cannot be part of the concept of renewable energy, because they themselves consume fuel and do not force people to save resources. In my opinion, building new nuclear power plants—not a very smart idea.”.
But Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria are developing nuclear power. Eastern Europeans previously relied on coal mining and burning, which is why they argue that countries are becoming less polluting and closer to meeting the environmental requirements of the European Union.
87 MEPs agree with this view. In their letter to the European Commission, they emphasized that they wanted more nuclear power, not less. Similar pressure was put on Brussels this week by 18 trade unions from 10 EU countries.
Belgian professor of energy geopolitics Samuel Furfury believes that Europe should stick to a reliable, low-carbon source of energy such as nuclear power:
“The energy problem is very complex and big. We need all of their clean sources, we need wind energy, we need solar energy, we need hydroelectric power stations. We need biomass, we need coal, we need gas, and we need nuclear energy. Among all That is, the European Commission has chosen only the wind and the sun. This is a wrong strategy.”
But countries such as Austria and Germany are against launching new reactors. After Chernobyl, most of their audience feared radiation leaks. However, nuclear power plants, despite the controversy surrounding them, produce more than 26% of the total electricity consumed in the European Union.
Belgium has been using peaceful maize for 50 years. But now the energy company Engi has been tasked with implementing a plan to decommission all of the country’s nuclear facilities.
To replace thermonuclear energy, perhaps one day, it will come – like the energy of the sun.