At the end of this year, the Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C nuclear power plants in Germany will have to go offline, and the last three German nuclear power plants will follow next year. According to Yougov, 22 percent of 2076 respondents in Germany believe that nuclear power should be on an equal footing with renewable energy sources such as solar or wind energy. They also believe that nuclear power is very important in efforts to make electricity generation in Germany low in carbon.
Another 31 percent of respondents in Germany are according to Yougov basically open to nuclear power. It should at least play a small role in the energy transition, but the focus should be on renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power.
The British company Yougov does not survey people in person or by telephone like traditional polling companies, but via the Internet using an online panel. Yougov claims the results are representative of populations aged 18 and over, but sociologists doubt that.
Apart from that, Yougov found in France that 45 percent of the thousand respondents there think nuclear power should play a big role, 30 percent a small role and 9 percent none. The French President has already announced that new nuclear power plants will be built in his country. In Germany, 28 percent were fundamentally against nuclear power. Italians are most likely to be of the opinion that they can cover their own energy needs exclusively with renewable energies; according to Yougov, least of all people in Sweden are convinced of this. In Sweden and Denmark, nuclear power should be used in terms of CO2-Emissions have a climate-friendly image.
The EU Commission wants to define the “taxonomy” for climate-friendly investments in the near future. EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen has already indicated that nuclear power and temporarily also natural gas should be taken into account. The taxonomy is intended to provide investors in the EU with clear criteria as to which financial products are useful for climate protection.
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Unit C of the nuclear power plant in Gundremmingen, Bavaria, has been in operation since March 1984. Block A was in operation from 1967 to 1977. Unit B, which went online in 1984, was shut down on December 31, 2017, and Unit C – also commissioned in 1984 – is to follow in 2021. (Image: kkw-gundremmingen.de)