Nuclear power is a failure: it is expensive, dangerous, polluting and un-democratic. The energy choices being made today will fundamentally affect this country’s ability to combat climate change and create a clean, safe and secure energy future for all South Africans.
On 4 August 2011, we presented a copy of our latest report on nuclear power to the Minister of Energy along with a letter making the following requests:
- We want the role of nuclear in South Africa to be reconsidered and for the Koeberg nuclear power plant to be shut down at the end of its design lifetime.
- No investments in new nuclear projects should be made.
- A moratorium on new nuclear power stations should be implemented at least until the safety implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan have been fully evaluated.
- All subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy should be phased out.
- Ambitious legally binding targets for renewable energy should be implemented.
- Priority access to the grid for renewable power generators should be granted, together with a level playing field for renewable energy.
We are again urging the Department of Energy to publicly respond to these demands, and to provide concrete steps forward in terms of reassessing the role of nuclear energy in South Africa.
You can support our call by signing this petition:
I join Greenpeace Africa in urging the Department of Energy to publicly respond to the Greenpeace demands as stated above, and to provide concrete steps forward in terms of reassessing the role of nuclear energy in South Africa. I believe South Africa should not invest in nuclear power, but in renewable energy technologies instead, so that our country becomes Africa’s renewable energy leader.