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Nuclear Energy no technology for solving the Climate Crisis

October 27, 2021

Scientists for Future S4F publish study on nuclear energy

Berlin, 27.10. 2021 | Nuclear energy cannot contribute to solving the climate crisis because it is too slow to deploy, too expensive and too risky. In addition, it structurally hinders the expansion of renewable energies, which are available faster, cheaper and less dangerous than nuclear power. This is what an international team of scientists from Scientists for Future (S4F) points out in a text published recently.

Since electricity generation from nuclear energy produces hardly any direct emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) , its supporters cite it as a technology in the fight against the climate crisis. In Europe, France in particular is the spokesperson for nuclear power, especially in the course of the EU taxonomy negotiations, which determine which measures member nations will be credited with and how much they will be credited with in order to achieve the EU-wide agreed reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists for Future point out that the studies used to present nuclear power as an emission reduction technology are systematically flawed. Nuclear power cannot be considered as an option for the transformation of the energy system towards sustainability. In the next ten years, keeping nuclear power in operation or extending its lifespan would not lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The full text of the study (in German, but with extended English summary) can be found here:

Expansion of natural gas infrastructure: a bridge technology or a liability for the energy transition?

February 12, 2021

Scientists for Future S4F release study on natural gas discourse

Berlin, Feb. 12, 2021 | The planned expansion of natural gas infrastructure in Germany is not justifiable in terms of climate policy, it is not compatible with Germany’s goals to meet the Paris climate accord, and even entails numerous financial risks. Moreover, it will delay the planned energy transition. These are the key messages of a new study published by Scientists for Future (S4F).