On Friday (30 March), the Belgian government approved a new energy pact that will see the country phase out atomic power between 2022 and 2025. Belgium’s federal government signed off on an agreement that will see the country’s seven nuclear reactors shuttered by 2025. As part of a package of other measures, Doel and Tihange nuclear power stations will be closed and more investment will be pumped into renewable energy capacity building, particularly offshore wind farms. Belgium sources about 40% of its power needs from atom-smashing and over 50% of electricity is provided by its two power plants, meaning the EU institutions host will have to invest hugely in renewable energy capacity or rely more on natural gas. The country places fourth globally behind France, Slovakia and Ukraine in terms of highest share of nuclear in national energy mixes.
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