Why Germany is keeping a deafening silence on the energy crisis in Europe | World | New
Is nuclear energy a sustainable fuel or not? This is the question that rests on the shoulders of the European Union. The decision caused a deep split across Europe over climate-friendly energy solutions for the future, with countries disagreeing on which sources to classify as green or not. France, dependent on nuclear power, is leading the charge for the inclusion of nuclear energy as a green source, but Germany is critical of the decision. However, despite the abandonment of nuclear power, the nation has been remarkably silent on the subject.
Soaring gas prices and household energy bills have been a key topic for EU member states in recent weeks as the continent faces an energy crisis.
The EU is discussing how best to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
One of the most important and controversial issues is the question of nuclear energy.
On October 11, 10 EU member states led by France expressed common support for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU’s ‘taxonomy on sustainable financing’, which would essentially allow the EU to support nuclear projects as part of its green finance initiative.
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These countries have said they will not support an overhaul of the electricity market before an EU meeting on Tuesday.
Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia and the Netherlands said transparent and competitive markets are what ensure better prices for users .
Nations called for the deployment of renewable energy sources and âgreater interconnectionâ.
Spain is asking for a change in the method of calculating wholesale electricity prices and France is asking for electricity and gas prices to be decoupled.
Mr Macron argued that the influence of gas in setting wholesale electricity prices is disproportionate.
The energy crunch has sparked debate over nuclear energy projects and whether such programs could be a way to become more energy independent.
The bloc has not yet decided whether nuclear energy will be included in the so-called taxonomy.
The idea of ââtaxonomy will become a guiding principle not only for the EU but also for national governments.
It will determine which industries are subsidized and which financial markets see investments.
Last week, leaders from Germany, Italy, France and Greece called on the European Commission to submit a draft odd delegation.
French leader Emmanuel Macron, supported by many leaders in the East, argued that nuclear power is needed to reduce emissions and increase electricity production.
This document is expected in November according to Politico.
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However, despite these calls, the German government has avoided coming out in favor of gas.
Germany wants to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but at the same time will close all its nuclear power plants.
In 2000, nuclear power made up 29.5% of the electricity generation mix – but by 2020 it had fallen to 11.4%.
By 2022, all nuclear power plants in the country will be closed and instead renewable solutions are being sought.
European ministers met on Tuesday to discuss energy issues.
The wave of price hikes is not expected to end until next spring, prompting ministers to discuss short-term measures proposed by the European Commission to help consumers and businesses get through the period.
European officials say gas prices in Europe have risen more than 170% since the start of the year.
Kadri Simson, EU Energy Commissioner, said: âWe have received different messages from different Member States.
âI hope to hear clear messages from ministers – what are their expectations?
âIf we are talking about medium-term measures, it also means that we have to start acting now, despite the fact that the results of these actions will be expected in the years to come, and not in the next two weeks. “