NUCLEAR industry representatives from across the supply chain have issued a manifesto outlining steps that need to be taken to decarbonise Europe by 2050, and called on policy makers to work with them to make this happen. Nuclear power can play an important role in tackling the climate crisis as it is a form of clean energy, however a recent International Energy Agency report warned that the world is at risk of a steep decline in nuclear power. In the UK, only one new nuclear power plant is currently under construction, while other planned facilities have been suspended. Germany continues to decommission its nuclear plants following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan in 2011, and plans to shut down all its reactors by 2022. This has led to an increased reliance on coal power, and Germany’s plans to phase out coal by 2038 are inconsistent with the Paris Agreement.
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