17 Sep '12, 12am

Japan to ditch nuclear power by 2040 - 17 Sep 2012 - News from BusinessGreen via @businessgreen

The Japanese government has confirmed it will phase out nuclear power over the course of the next 30 years, following the massive earthquake and tsunami which caused a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. Late last week, prime minister Yoshihiko Noda confirmed the country's first comprehensive energy review since the disaster in March last year. FURTHER READING UK helps China map out low-carbon future CBI: Business confidence in UK infrastructure "ebbing away" Under the plans, Japan's 50 existing reactors will be forced to shut down when they reach a 40-year lifespan. No new plants will be built, meaning that most reactors will be shut down completely by the year 2040. Prior to the accident, nuclear supplied about 30 per cent of Japan's demand. However, there is now a strong and growing public resentment towards the energy source. To help fill the energy gap, Jap...

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