Nuclear energy is not the solution to climate change

The Greens/EFA group has always opposed nuclear energy and instead defended and promoted a decentralised and transparent energy-provision system that is based on energy efficiency and renewable energies. For the Greens, this model based on 100% renewable energy combined with energy efficiency is at the core of the third industrial revolution and is the only path towards a sustainable economy for all.

Some people argue that nuclear is the best option to both cover our energy needs and protect the planet, claiming that this type of energy does not produce CO2 emissions and that it is cheap. But this is over-simplistic and misleading: Nuclear energy is a costly and extremely risky technology and therefore cannot be seen as a solution to climate change. Safer and more efficient alternatives exist and these should be nurtured to ensure that our future is not only low carbon but also safer.