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Economist: Germany is the "dirtiest" economy of Europe


A study by The Economist found that for the past 20 years, Germany, Europe's main economy, has been the "dirtiest". Germany has been actively phasing out nuclear energy production while remaining dependent on fossil fuels.

Janak Bhatta
Janak Bhatta
The country began phasing out its 12 nuclear power plants after the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan. The last three facilities will close at the end of 2022. In July, it was reported that Germany had enlisted the support of Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain in opposing EU plans to classify nuclear power as "green" and invest in it.

At the same time, Germany intends to achieve carbon neutrality five years earlier than the rest of the EU - by 2045, still heavily dependent on fossil fuels for electricity and heating. Between 2000 and 2019, the country produced on average 43 percent more harmful emissions than countries with active nuclear power plants.

European countries using nuclear power now have lower levels of carbon dioxide emissions than those relying on other fuels. Well-regulated nuclear power is safe and provides a stable source of electricity without harmful emissions. Most of Germany's neighbors do not support its nuclear policy. Of the 17 European countries using such energy, only Great Britain plans to close several power plants in the near future, with new facilities still under construction in the country. In addition, the U.S. Senate is also targeting broad support for national nuclear power.

source: economist.com