Greenpeace tells PH to scrap options for 2,000MW nuclear plant

Cites Japan example

Press release - May 11, 2011
Greenpeace called on the Philippine government to follow Japan’s example and immediately scrap all nuclear plans in order to pave the way for a massive uptake of renewable energy. The call came at the wake of the momentous announcement from Japanese Prime Minister Naoko Kan that Japan will abandon its plans to construct new nuclear power plants.

Japan is a country that has invested heavily on nuclear for electricity production.  However, the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima, the world’s worst since Chernobyl in 1986, has proven that despite much touted ‘technological advancements’ nuclear energy remains inherently dangerous .

“Clearly, no nukes is good nukes.  Nuclear power is a dangerous, expensive and foolish delusion. Greenpeace applauds Japan’s decision to abandon plans for new nuclear plants and is calling on the government of President Noynoy Aquino to follow suit.  The Department of Energy (DOE) should strike out nuclear power from its energy policy and steer the country toward a massive uptake of clean, renewable technologies,” said Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The Philippine Energy Plan for 2009-2030 still includes options for nuclear power.  Under the Energy Reform Agenda, part of the DOE’s thrusts for 2013-2016 is to strengthen policy researches and studies in aid of legislative and executive action for the operation of a 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant by 2025. Greenpeace pointed out that resources for such studies during Aquino’s administration should instead be channelled towards increased development of renewable energy, paving the way for the Philippines to become a showcase for sustainable development.

“Instead of waiting for disaster to strike, governments around the world should now follow Japan’s lead, and adopt energy policies based on clean and renewable energy sources.  Japan’s decision will open the doors to even greater leaps and bounds for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.  This is the moment when countries are poised in the path to a sustainable energy future. And the Philippines must not again be left behind,” Obusan added.