Greens to launch Alternative Energy Report
New research shows nuclear is inferior choice
The Green Party is to launch a report which explains some alternatives to nuclear, superior by all criteria, yet not currently being considered in the battle to reduce carbon emissions.
The report, co-authored by Dr David Toke, Green Party Energy Advisor, and Dr Simon Taylor, will add to the debate surrounding publication of the government's Energy Review. Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor said: "The DTI's energy review is
a token effort, aimed at legitimising a pre-determined decision to commission a new generation of nuclear power stations.
"This report introduces some radical yet practical steps to combat emissions without expensive investment in unsustainable, uneconomic and unsafe nuclear power."
Proposed measures include:
- A Demand Reduction Obligation: extending the current Energy Efficiency Commitment to cover the commercial, industrial and public administration sectors
- Expansion of the Renewables Obligation
A range of measures are evaluated, specifying how much carbon and investment capital would be saved, with a net saving economically, compared to a nuclear option that will cost billions, even by optimistic industry figures.
Dr Toke said: "The amount of carbon saved through 'fast tracked' nuclear power over the next 15 years will be around 28 million tonnes compared to 150 million via the cheaper measures mentioned. The non-nuclear measures cited constitute the equivalent of a reduction in annual CO2 emissions from the electricity sector of nearly 40 per cent of present levels."
Keith Taylor added: "The government and the pro-nuclear lobby are trying to sell nuclear power as the solution to climate change. This is not the case. This report highlights the folly of investing huge sums of money in a technology whose retirement we would all have been celebrating.
"By implementing the measures proposed in this report we can save the present generation a huge hike in electricity bills and taxes, and the generations to come an unsolvable legacy of toxic nuclear waste."