Closure of German nuke plants a signal for The Philippines

Press release - May 31, 2011
The immediate closure of eight nuclear power plants in Germany yesterday should serve as an important signal for the Philippines to abandon nuclear power plans, Greenpeace said today as they hailed the decision of the German government — prompted by serious concerns on nuclear safety — as a very important step towards ending nuclear power globally.

“The Philippine government should similarly abandon all nuclear power plans immediately.  This landmark decision heralds the end of nuclear power in Germany, and with the ongoing disaster in Fukushima, sends a clear message to the rest of the world.  Nuclear power will never be the energy for a safe and secure future.  Instead it is a dangerous gamble on people’s lives and the economy,” said Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

After the onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last March, developed countries are waking up to the dangers of nuclear power.  However, some ASEAN countries continue to pursue plans to develop nuclear energy.   The Philippine Energy Plan still has provisions for nuclear options, while the Energy Reform Agenda directs the Department of Energy to conduct researches and studies in aid of legislative and executive action for the operation of a 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant by 2025.  Greenpeace is calling on the administration of President Noynoy Aquino to scrap all provisions for developing nuclear energy, as well as harmful coal plants, and instead shift to a massive uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in order to leapfrog into a sustainable future.

“By waving goodbye to nuclear power, Germany has shown that with real vision and determination any country can get rid of risky, dirty and outdated energy sources, and replace them with already available 21st-century renewable and energy efficient technologies. With Japan and Switzerland also moving away from nuclear, other countries need to wake up and embrace clean energy, or risk being left behind,” said Obusan.

“By hanging on to fossil and nuclear addictions, we are not only gambling with the planet’s future, we’re wasting time and money. A world powered by renewable energy is within our grasp – and Germany has shown that a combination of popular support and political courage can make this happen”, Obusan concluded.

Contact Information:

  • Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +639175849663,
  • JP Agcaoili, Media Campaigner, +639176312750, +63 2 3321807 loc 121,