by Andrea Renzulli - On July 6th, the Austrian Government announced to have filed a lawsuit with the European Court against the European Commission state-aid approval of the Hinkeley Point Agreement. “The lawsuit will serve as deterrent to investors [in nuclear energy], not only in Britain, but throughout Europe”, said Werner Faymann, Federal Chancellor of Austria, opening a new phase in the current debate around the future of nuclear power in the European Union. With roughly half of the 396 GW nuclear capacities installed in the world that should be replaced by 2040, mainly in the EU, Russia, US and Japan, nuclear power is today at a turning point. Considering the constant decrease of nuclear power share in global electricity production (from 18% in 1996 to the current 11%), it’s not easy to predict what will be its future in the next decades: retreat or revival?
by Ruben Laleman - The safety and sustainability of nuclear energy was all over the news in 2011 when a tsunami hit the nuclear power plant of Fukushima. Immediately thereafter the German government decided to rapidly phase out their nuclear reactors. Despite this bold move by the Germans, few other European countries followed. In contrast, some are even building (France) or planning (the U.K.) new nuclear assets. Belgium did not really change the existing phase out plan at that time.p>