Japan and Germany abandon nuclear reactors

The development of new nuclear reactors has been abandoned by two of the world’s largest economies. These economies, Germany and Japan, stated that they believe they can make up for this lack of additional power from nuclear energy, by utilising renewable energy sources. The question many people are going to be asking themselves, is if these countries can survive without nuclear power, whether other nations can as well.

Despite the disaster that occurred last year in Japan, the UK have recently committed to developing more nuclear power stations in the country. Other countries are also continuing development and others have turned to the public to ask their opinion. In Italy a referendum is going to be taking place next month which is going to determine whether they continue to pursue a nuclear program.

For Japan to abandon its nuclear development is a major step as about 30 percent of all their electricity comes from this source of energy. Before the disaster it was projected that half the country’s power would be drawn from nuclear sources by 2030.

In Germany, similar figures are present, with around one quarter of all electricity coming from nuclear reactors. This makes it even more surprising that the UK can’t reduce their nuclear dependency considering that only 15 percent of the country’s power comes from the source.

A recent report has indicated that around 80 percent of the world’s energy requirements can come from renewable sources of energy by the year 2050. This report however has come under some degree of criticism as it has been heavily misinterpreted by the media.

Countries that are choosing to no longer pursue nuclear power are going to have to come up with ways to lower their power requirements, as well as increase their power capacity from other sources.