Will the nuclear exit mean that our country emits more CO₂ again?

Damien Carton de Tournai, the environmental coordinator of Tihange nuclear power plant

“Yes, certainly! It is important to know that the nuclear power stations at Doel and Tihange provide almost half of all electricity used in Belgium. If you were to generate the amount of electricity which the nuclear power stations provided in 2019 using thermal power stations, then this would lead to additional CO emissions of up to 19 million tonnes. In Belgium, thanks to nuclear energy we save as much CO2 as half the emissions from the entire cars on the Belgian roads! I will give you a few more surprising figures. Did you know that a nuclear power plant emits 30 times less CO2 than a coal plant throughout its lifetime? You must see these figures in the context of the climate objectives. Belgium has a number of climate targets to meet and, among other things, must reduce CO emissions. If you close a part of the nuclear power stations, this will also have an impact on the cost of meeting these Belgian climate objectives.”

If you close a part of the nuclear power plants, this will also have an impact on the cost of meeting these Belgian climate objectives.

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