Consensus on nuclear power
In an agreement concluded on June 14, 2000, the Federal
Government and the power utilities agreed upon the orderly termination
of the use of nuclear power for electricity production. Essential points
of this agreement were adopted in the "Act on the structured phase-out
of the utilisation of nuclear energy for the commercial generation of
electricity" of April 22, 2002.
The major points of the agreement concern the following:
There shall be no new licenses for nuclear power
plants intended for commercial electricity generation. Research
on the field of nuclear engineering, on the other hand, shall remain
Residual operating lives: Each nuclear power plant
shall be allowed to generate a specified residual amount of electricity.
Residual electricity production volumes may be transferred from
one nuclear power plant to another. In total, 2623.3 bn kilowatt
hours may yet be generated. If a power plant has reached its target
volume, it has to be taken off the grid. The nuclear power plants
shall be operated at a high level of safety for as long as they
Waste management: Interim storage facilities for
spent fuel elements shall be build at the nuclear power plant sites
as quickly as possible in order to reduce the number of nuclear
transports. Direct final storage of radioactive waste shall become
the regular waste management option. Spent fuel elements may still
be transported to reprocessing until June 30, 2005.
Gorleben: Exploration of the salt dome at Gorleben
(repository) shall be halted for at least three and no more than
ten years. The Federal Government shall take the necessary measures
to make sure that the site remains operable during this period.
The pilot conditioning plant shall only be used for the repair of
defective storage casks.
Konrad mine: The plan approval procedure for the
planned repository for low- and medium-active waste in the Konrad
mine shall be concluded, but there shall be no immediate execution
of the plan approval decision.
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11 - 15 March 2018
30 September - 04 October 2018
Prague, Czech Republic