Transparent Nuclear Power

Berlin, 23.05.2000

For the first time in more than 40 years of German nuclear power there will be a joint nationwide information day on 27th May. At 15 nuclear power plants and nuclear power companies members of the public will able to visit the facilities to gain an impression of the levels of efficiency and safety standards in the German nuclear technology. An industry with nothing to hide is signalling its willingness and ability to discuss the issues in concentrated form. The policy of "transparent nuclear power" is being rigorously continued. The day offers the industry an opportunity to outline complex issues in an expert and credible manner in personal discussions with employees. Prejudices and mistrust can be eliminated by people getting to know each other and talking.

Media representatives, in particular, will have an opportunity to obtain first-hand information and interview employees and even visitors.

At present, the nuclear energy industry employs some 40,000 people, if we take into account the power plants, control staff, contractors, and others involved in the fuel cycle and research and development. The number of indirectly related jobs cannot be determined exactly, although the major industry union (IG BCE - Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie), and the Bremer Energie-Institut put the figure at around 150,000 jobs in the energy generation sector.

German nuclear power plants have been among the best in the world for more than 20 years. Seven of the ten most productive nuclear power plants in the past year are located in Germany. German research is also recognised as being first class all over the world, putting its expertise to effective use on an international scale.

Generating some 150 to 170 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, which represents around a third of the total consumed in Germany, the 19 nuclear power plants in operation in Germany are safe, reliable, environmentally sound and economic. They also prevent environmentally harmful emissions of carbon dioxide year in, year out, on a scale that corresponds to the total annual emissions from German road traffic.


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