German nuclear phase-out "will create jobs"

Greenpeace study claims switch to renewables will lead to employment growth, cost cuts

Germany's planned phase-out of nuclear power will create more jobs than it destroys, according to a study released by Greenpeace. The research appears to be the first to estimate the employment implications of shutting the country's 19 nuclear power stations.

Prepared for Greenpeace by researchers at Flensburg University, the study admits that there would be job losses from ending nuclear power but claims that replacing capacity from the plants with renewable energy would create up to 25,000 new person-years worth of jobs by 2025.

Going even further, the researchers also claim that phasing out nuclear more quickly than currently planned by the government and making greater use of renewable energy could save as much as euros 41bn (DM80bn) by 2025. The government is pushing hard against industry resistance to win closure of Germany's last reactor by 2018. Greenpeace wants to see phase-out by 2005.

The German nuclear industry dismissed Greenpeace's report as "unrealistic". "[It] fails to address the difficulties of staff switching from one industry to another or the problems for competition caused by the phase-out," Clemens Range of the German Nuclear Forum told ENDS Daily.

A German environment ministry spokesperson argued that there were many "uncertain areas" in the issues covered by the study, such as recent energy market liberalisation and the effects of the renewable energy support law.

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