Belgium joins the exit club

Another one bites the dust, maybe.  Belgium which is one of the most highly nuclear power countries in the world (coming in 3rd after France and tiny Slovakia) is phasing out by 2025.  The reason this is important is that Belgium has significant power inside the EU despite it’s small population.  It is the HQ for most of the EU.  It is one of the 6 original  Euratom treaty signators.  It joins the growing group of technologically advanced European countries which will be nuclear free in the next two decades, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria (no doubt JanH will jump in and help me out here).

This has actually been the plan since 2003 in Belgium, but that the current government re-affirmed it (conditional on replacement power being found) is significant.  What it really means is that Belgium will not be building new reactors and likely following Germany’s plunge into real renewables.  When you look at the world from space, the brightest spot at night is Belgium.

It is good that nuclear will not be keeping these lights on before Willow does not go to college.

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6 responses to “Belgium joins the exit club”

  1. Sara Tansey says :

    thank you for keeping these victories on my radar. it’s amazing how i’d miss them otherwise. i am proud to be raising hell with you in louisa, and excited to see how far we can push the entrenched nuclear industry here.

  2. Jan Haverkamp says :

    And Belgium is not for nothing the most bright spot on the light-map… it lights all its motorways with the electricity from the three reactors in Doel and the three in Tihange. A lot to save.

    Another important to-know: Doel is the power station with the highest population density in Europe and probably in the world: In a circle of 75 km, there live 9 Million people! Situated in its port, the town of Antwerp’s centre is only 11 km from the reactors.

    Doel 1 and 2 and Tihange 1 are slated to close in 2015 already.

    Who after Belgium? Keep an eye on Sweden. The Swedish government already announced the ambition to be the first country in Europe to go 100% renewable…

    … and then France… Not a full phase-out decision soon, maybe, but certainly a decision to to reduce its dependence on nuclear.

    The UK also seems to have fallen back a century… plans for 8 new reactors. But French utility EdF, the one supposed to build 4 of those, announced last week its programme was heavily delayed because of Fukushima.

    The other side of the medal is Central Europe: plans for 8 new reactors in Poland, 10 to 18 in the Czech Republic, 4 in Hungary and Slovakia…

  3. Jan Haverkamp says :

    European countries free of nuclear power now include: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (though planning a new one, but it closed its Chernobyl style Ignalina reactors after EU entry), Poland (though planning), Greece, Austria (since a referendum in 1978), Italy (after a referendum in 1987), Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Belarus, Moldova and the Balkan countries of Kosova, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia.

    Countries currently actively phasing out: Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Scotland.

    The last resort of meaning for the nuclear industry in Europe: England and Wales, Poland and the CEZ Republic.

    How is the US list looking?

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