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Nuclear energy is unsafe

Greenpeace opposes nuclear power because it poses unacceptable risks to people and the environment. Nuclear power plants cost millions, are unsustainable, and take decades to build. India must recognise this, and build its energy future on renewable sources and energy efficiency.

The truth about nuclear power

Many myths surround nuclear energy. That it will provide energy security; that it provides a solution to climate change;that it is affordable; that it heralds a new age of energy generation that will plug India’s energy deficit. All of these are false. Most crucially, the notion that it is safe is also false.

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Damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant In Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The damage was caused by an offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011.  © DigitalGlobe

Nuclear energy is an extortionately expensive and unacceptably risky method of power generation.  All power plants are vulnerable to human error, natural disasters and design failure.  The difference with nuclear is that the risk of an accident carries with it terrible and long-lasting consequences, which are vastly disproportionate to the power generated.  Apart from the risk of accidents, each power plant also creates a legacy of radioactive waste that will remain harmful for hundreds – and sometimes thousands - of years.  There is still no proper solution for the storage of this waste.

Power and electricity are services, intended to improve people’s lives. They are not tools to endanger lives or compromise health, as they become through nuclear power generation.

In India, the risks of nuclear power are made greater by the secrecy that shrouds the industry, and the unwillingness of authorities to heed citizens’ concerns. Greenpeace calls for a complete and transparent safety review of existing and proposed nuclear plants in India, and a review of India’s nuclear ambition with a refocus to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Quality Defines Success in Dharnai

Blog entry by Anand Prabu Pathanjali | July 16, 2014

The success of a microgrid largely depends on the quality of components used right from the generation, transmission and storage. For example, in the microgird installed at Dharnai, we have used a grade A solar panel with the...

Dharnai Live Microgrid Media Manual

Publication | July 15, 2014 at 13:54

Greenpeace's energy access campaign in Bihar. A detailed manual consisting of all the information on the decentralised solar microgrid installed by Greenpeace India in Dharnai revenue village, Jehanabad district, Bihar

Dharnai Live Briefing Paper

Publication | July 12, 2014 at 12:15

Enabling energy access through smart microgrids based on renewable energy technologies in the state of Bihar, India

Dharnai: Going LIVE on July 20

Feature story | July 10, 2014 at 17:15

Several decades have passed since India became an independent country, but several million of its citizens still live in darkness. The centralised grid system has failed to live up to the hopes and aspirations of the people, with those in rural...

Bring in the sun to protect Mahan and India’s forests from coal mining

Blog entry by Abhishek Acharyya | May 30, 2014

It was the last time I saw the sun rise in Budher. When I woke up that day, I just could not control my tears. Next day I was going to be hundreds of miles away in Sonar Bangla from where I would see the sun rise from a train window...

BJP progressive on Economy, not on Environment

Blog entry by Pari Trivedi | April 9, 2014

The Bhartiya Janata Party released its much awaited and much delayed manifesto today, promising to boost India's economy and reiterating its obligation to the cause of Hindutva. The issue of environment has always taken a backseat in...

Fukushima: A great natural (?) disaster

Blog entry by Sunanda Mehta | April 3, 2014

As the victims of the Fukushima disaster left their homes and their lives, some of them never to return, the Japanese government slowly egged back to its old ways. After having sworn off nuclear and shutting down all the 48 commercial...

GIC's response to a RTI application filed by Greenpeace reveals that GIC has not been...

Publication | April 2, 2014 at 15:26

GIC's response to a RTI application filed by Greenpeace reveals that GIC has not been approached by NPCIL

Comments and suggestions on the DERC proposal on Net Metering and Connectivity with...

Publication | December 17, 2013 at 12:55

This is a letter to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) of New Delhi, India from Greenpeace.

Crisis to Solution - paving way to Solar pumping

Blog entry by Ruhie Kumar | December 12, 2013

The Innovation Challenge was launched on 3rd September, and ended on 15th November. The challenge was different - it invited submissions from all over the world to do something unique, something that could transform the way our...

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