Should we extend nuclear power plants in Belgium? Before answering, it is advisable to wonder about the reasons which push the government to confirm the exit of nuclear power in 2025. Is it a question of the political will to respect the decisions of the past – the nuclear exit law was voted in 2003 – or techno-economic factors? The current context is profoundly different from what it was in 2003, a time when the Kyoto Protocol had not yet entered into force and when the energy transition was only a secondary point on the political agenda. Today, the fight against climate change is central and Europe has set itself a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. In this context, the modernization of an outdated law that goes against current climate objectives – nuclear power being a low-carbon energy – should go without saying. This is also what the Swedish Parliament did in 2010 by canceling the ban on building new nuclear reactors.
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