German Industry Association in Favour of a Broad Energy Mix Including the Nuclear Option

Berlin, 29.11.2002

 Within the framework of the "Forum in Berlin" events regularly staged by the German Atomic Forum (DAtF), Dr. Carsten Kreklau, member of the Board of Directors of the German Industry Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie ? BDI) held a speech on 28 November about the Association`s position on energy policy and energy market liberalisation. Speaking in front of around 70 guests from politics, industry and public authorities, Dr. Kreklau emphasised that the BDI believes that the nuclear power option needed to be kept open. In the face of the expected developments world-wide, Dr. Kerklau said that all technical and economic possibilities had to be used to ensure energy supply.

The German Atomic Forum welcomes this backing by the industry. In the medium term, the agreement reached with the Federal Government may well guarantee the continued operation of Germany`s nuclear power plants and therefore also a stable electricity supply that favours both the economy and the climate. However, a feasible energy-political framework concept is needed in order to ensure Germany`s energy supply in the long run, too. In the opinion of the DAtF, a categorical "no" to nuclear power is short-sighted and risky in view of the ambitious climate protection targets and the danger of a growing one-sided dependence on natural resource imports and rising energy prices. This view is also shared by the BDI. Dr. Kreklau said: "So far, no one has told us yet how the base load demand of electricity is to be covered following the nuclear phase-out. Today, nuclear power plants cover more than 50 % of the base load, with lignite-fired and run-of-river power plants doing their share. But it will not be possible that these functions will be taken over by wind turbines or combined heat and power plants."

Dr. Kreklau added that the decision by the legislator to put a ban on the construction of new nuclear power plants was among other things also considered a mistake by the BDI since Germany - by phasing out nuclear power - was cutting itself off from a technological development in the world in which the Federal Republic with its high safety standards used to set a benchmark for the others. Moreover, this would mean sacrificing an energy source which was cheap on the generating side and had contributed in the past to mitigating our large electricity price handicap.


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