UK new nuclear could prevent green growth, says German official

The German government’s climate advisor has said that the UK’s reliance on new nuclear will make it much harder for us to switch to renewable technologies. Speaking to the Guardian, […]

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By Tom Gibson

The German government’s climate advisor has said that the UK’s reliance on new nuclear will make it much harder for us to switch to renewable technologies.

Speaking to the Guardian, Jochen Flasbarth, president of the Environmental Protection Agency in Germany said: “We are not missionaries and every country will have to find its own way in energy policy, but it is obvious that nuclear plants are too inflexible and cannot sufficiently respond to variations in wind or solar generation, only gas [power stations] do.”

Germany decided it would phase out all of its nuclear plants by 2022 shortly after the Japanese disaster at Fukushima, back in March.