GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The German coalition has agreed to end Germany’s nuclear power programme by 2022, it announced after late-night talks Sunday 29 May. The agreement came after officials received the report of the German government ethics commission on the country’s use of nuclear energy. The commission’s report will be issued Monday.
Germany has 17 nuclear power plants, one of which has been out of commission for years, and seven of which were closed in March 2011, following Japan’s post-tsunami nuclear crisis. All but three of the others should be closed by 2021, the commission recommended, and those three can be closed in 2022.
Switzerland a week earlier announced that it will end its nuclear energy programme, but it will take longer, until 2034, to spin it out.