Berlin (dpa) – The chairman of the employers’ association Gesamtmetall, Stefan Wolf, has spoken out in favor of the continued operation of the three nuclear power plants still in operation in Germany and of a debate on the construction of new reactors .
“I think it is absolutely necessary for nuclear power plants to operate longer,” Wolf told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Extending the lifespan of the three nuclear power plants still in operation could significantly reduce the production of electricity from gas and contribute to securing the electricity supply when gas is really no longer available.
“But we also need to have a debate about building new nuclear power plants,” Wolf said. “There are currently 50 new nuclear power plants under construction around the world and the technology has advanced. The EU has just qualified nuclear energy as green energy. Although the focus should be on renewable energies, these would not be sufficient to cover the entire electricity demand in Germany in the future
There are currently three nuclear power plants still connected to the grid in Germany: Emsland in Lower Saxony, Isar 2 in Bavaria and Neckarwestheim 2 in Baden-Württemberg. According to the law, however, they should be extinguished at the end of 2022. Among other things, they are discussing letting them run for a few more months in a so-called stretching operation.
Investments in certain gas and nuclear power plants can be classified as climate-friendly in the EU from January 2023. At the beginning of July, the European Parliament approved the inclusion of nuclear power and gas in the so-called taxonomy, subject to conditions.
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