Climate Protection Needs Nuclear Power

Berlin, 13.11.2001

he German Atomic Forum (DAtF) welcomes the international efforts to reduce the world-wide emissions of the so-called greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and to cope with the global responsibilities to protect the world climate. The result of the world climate summit of Marrakech is a step in the right direction.

If the ambitious climate protection targets set within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol are to be achieved, then the use of nuclear power is an essential cornerstone and an important instrument - because no CO2 is generated by electricity production from nuclear power. All around the globe, the currently 437 operating nuclear power plants are saving the atmosphere about 2000 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.

This is why the German Atomic Forum criticises in a position paper on climate protection the decision to exclude projects that are based on the use of nuclear power from the stipulations of the Protocol for Joint Implementation and the flexible Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

In the face of the world-wide rising energy demand, the protection of the climate makes it necessary to promote all technologies that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Nuclear power represents one of these technologies which has to be given a place in the future mix of energy forms, together with the development of renewables, improved ways of preventing emissions, and energy saving measures.


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