Belgium to shut down all seven of its nuclear reactors by 2025
Belgium will shut down all seven of its nuclear reactors by 2025 but will not close the door on new-generation nuclear technology, the coalition government announced on Thursday.
Progressively phasing out nuclear power has been enshrined in Belgian law since 2003.
The final date is 2025, a target the current government committed to meet when it took office in October 2020, but the issue has divided the governing seven-party coalition of greens, socialists, and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo's liberals.
They said some of Belgium's current nuclear capacity should be retained as new gas-fired power stations were too polluting.
The budget for investing in the technology has already been prepared, according to a government source.
The source added that the compromise retains the Energy Minister's "scenario A" and "confirms the investment mechanism put in place to replace current nuclear power, which is obsolete".
But critics say nuclear power is not climate-friendly and should be phased out in favour of other energy sources.