In 2003, the Belgian government decided on a phase-out of its nuclear power fleet by 2025. The policy brief investigates the current Belgian electricity landscape in preparation of this phase-out. In how far is Belgium prepared and ready to fill the gap with renewable energy sources?
In addition to the usual, global overview of status and trends in reactor building and operating, as well as the traditional comparison between deployment trend in the nuclear power and renewable energy sectors, the 2016 edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) provides an assessment of the trends of the economic health of some of the major players in the industry.
In the first week of June, the Czech government adopted an action plan that is supposed to lead to the construction of four new reactors in the country. The government’s decision, however, is not the product of a rational political debate; it is the result of the long-term erosion of responsible governing.
Three years after the disastrous earthquake in Japan that triggered a tsunami and eventually the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima we cannot claim to manage the risks of nuclear power with a clear conscience. The nuclear power industry has struggled to make a comeback. To address the myths of nuclear power, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver reports that provide the public with an overview of current, fact-rich, and nuclear-critical know-how.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that humankind has ever faced, and we are running out of time. The decarbonisation of the energy sector lies at the centerpiece of the fight against climate change. The European Union (EU) is currently debating its climate and energy framework until 2030. An ambitious 2030 package could help to build the much needed momentum toward a global climate agreement in 2015.