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EU Energy Policy:
- EU's Nuclear Dilemma?

INFORSE-Europe´s comments: Edited by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe

Many EU finds that there is a dilemma with nuclear power: it has its own problems, but if it decreases, greenhouse gas emissions can increase.

With the ageing nuclear plants in EU, they are likely to decrease in importance in our part of the world. This is seen as a dilemma of nuclear power versus CO2 emissions.

A progressive wind energy and renewable energy policy can give similar CO2 reductions than going from nuclear phase-out (low nuclear scenario) to maintaining nuclear power (high nuclear scenario).  Thus, it seems that the dilemma of nuclear power versus CO2 emissions only exist if a progressive development of renewable energy is not included as an option. On the other hand, neither the high nuclear power scenario or a high renewable energy scenario alone will lead to sustainable levels of CO2 emissions. A sustainable development must also include vigorous energy efficiency, other renewables than wind, and increased cogeneration of heat and electricity.

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