The Swiss government has announced that it will not replace its existing nuclear fleet, set to decommission by 2034. Nuclear power provides 40% of Switzerland’s energy.
Ex-President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev had recently urged Swiss politicians to turn their backs on nuclear as they create a new energy policy.
Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International, the environmental and security NGO founded by Gorbachev said: “With the aftermaths of Chernobyl and Fukushima firmly in our memories, we commend the Swiss initiative and we hope the move by the Upper House will be endorsed by the government and that Switzerland will lead the way in Europe and the world in the transition to green energy.”
Under the government’s recommendation, the first nuclear plant to be shut down would be Beznau I, in the North of the country, in 2019.