nergy Ministry opines on attitude to nuclear energy in the West
MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) - Europeans are conceptually changing their views on nuclear energy, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Denis Moroz said in a new episode of The Country Talks project on BelTA's YouTube channel.
Denis Moroz recalled that for a long time Europe had labeled nuclear energy as unsafe and toxic and urged Belarus against developing this industry. "Large programs were drawn up to reduce nuclear energy. But it is the storm on Europe's energy markets that is causing Europeans to conceptually change their views on these things," he said.
The IAEA (an international organization that coordinates the work of all countries in nuclear energy) held a meeting in September. “At the meeting, 50 countries said they would use nuclear power as a source of electricity until 2050. 27 of them are countries of the European Union,” the deputy minister said.
The capacity of all nuclear power plants in the world is set to exceed 800 GW by 2050 (today it is slightly over 400 GW). “This means that the capacity of nuclear power plants will double in the coming decades. Belarus has realized it much earlier. Thanks to the decision of the head of state, we are building the safest nuclear power plant together with Russia,” said Denis Moroz.