September 16, 2019
 In The Role of Nuclear Energy in Reducing Fossil Fuel Reliance

Country: Germany
Delegate Name: Davide Scaglione

The increased global knowledge of climate change and the potentially disruptive effects it may have in the future pushes Germany to act and cut carbon emissions by the following years. Nuclear power is the low-carbon-emission energy source that will help us achieve a “green revolution” since it consistently and reliably produces power with no carbon emissions. Germany’s energy needs would not be met by using the wind, sun, or sea as energy sources.

Germany’s attitude toward nuclear power has fluctuated for many years. The nation currently holds three operating nuclear reactors that generate only 6% of the nation’s electricity, a dramatic decrease from the 1990s when 19 nuclear power plants generated about a third of the nation’s electricity. Germany’s decision to decommission its various nuclear power reactors was driven by public outrage following the 2011 Fukushima, and 1986 Chernobyl disasters. Yet, in light of the recent crisis in Ukraine and the constrained gas supply from Russia, our country will require a new dependable energy source.

The Republic of Germany holds the stance that the IAEA members must take significant steps to work toward improved global collaboration to ensure the construction of new, effective nuclear power plants and to monitor over the observance of safety regulations.