Real cost of nuclear energy in Belarus
A new report showing real costs of the planned nuclear power plant in Belarus shows that energy efficiency and renewable energy is a far more economic attractive alternative than new nuclear power.
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The report “Reducing consumption of Natural Gas in the Republic of Belarus: Nuclear and Innovation Scenarios” was recently launched in the Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The report was well received by Belarusian officials from the ministry of energy and the department of nuclear energy, as well as by the director of the Sakharov Environmental University.
The report was made in cooperation with Norges Naturvernforbund, and the intention was to find out what the real costs of building a nuclear power plant in Belarus would be. The nuclear industry is often working with totally different numbers when selling their products, than the price when the nuclear station is finished. In this price the sellers also exclude the real cost to society when the plant will be decommissioned. With this report we wish to show the Belarusian authorities that energy independence cannot be gained by building a nuclear power plant, but buy focusing on energy saving and alternative and renewable energy sources.
The report was presented by Igor Shkradyuk, an expert of the International Socio-Ecological Union (Moscow, Russia), who was one of the authors of the report. Other authors include Oleg Bodrov from Green World (Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad region, Russia), and Vladimir Chuprov from Greenpeace Russia. The coordinator of the publication in Belarus is Marina Bogdanovich from the environmental movement in Belarus.
The report was also presented on the round table “Policy of the European Union and Belarus in the area of Energy: sharing of experience”, which took place in Minsk on 8-9th of June. Positive review of the report was shared during the presentation by Vaclav Vorachek, who is coordinator of energy projects of EU commission office in the Ukraine.
Different Belarusian news agencies were present at the presentation and have made news articles on the report: