Germany’s nuclear debate: A nuclear free policy needs European strategic vision

A nuclear fuel reactor pressure vessel in Germany (phot:dpa)
A nuclear fuel reactor pressure vessel in Germany (phot:dpa)

Germany’s nuclear free energy policy to become a ‘green energy island’ may have gained popular support, but the decision could also lead to electricity blackouts if the problems of supply and storage are not solved. This second report in a three-part series on the nuclear free decision looks at the short-term impacts on the domestic energy supply security

A PLAN was confirmed by the German government in July, 2011, that it would expand renewable energy sources (RES) to meet 35 per cent of electricity demand by 2020, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent in the same time frame from the levels of 1990.

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