CO2 increases feared after Barsebäck closure
The Swedish government is considering two consultancy reports examining the impacts of a proposed closure of the Barsebäck 2 nuclear reactor, scheduled to start in 2003. Both reports suggest there will be major increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions if the unit is closed because sharp rises in electricity demand will not be met by non-carbon energy sources, despite the growth target for renewables being on course (EED 17/10/01). The government will present a report recommending whether or not to go ahead with the closure to parliament for discussion in March. See the reports.