Sweden’s Energy Minister speaks plainly – Europe needs nuclear power

Heat pumps are considered the heating of the future and both the German government and the EU Commission are working to convert heating systems accordingly. In Germany, the number of installed heat pumps is expected to increase to six million by 2030, a fivefold increase. However, the rising demand for electricity poses a challenge. According to the Swedish Energy Minister Ebba Busch, there is currently a shortage of electricity in Europe.


Electricity shortage and the role of nuclear power: Sweden’s energy minister speaks plainly

In an interview with BILD, Busch explains what Europe must do to counteract the electricity shortage and why Germany should continue to rely on nuclear power (Bild: 09.06.23). The EU plans to increase the introduction of heat pumps in Europe with the Ecodesign Directive. But the question remains whether there is enough electricity for these new regulations.

Europe needs nuclear power - Sweden's energy minister warns against one-sided debate on renewables and uncertain power grid
Europe needs nuclear power – Sweden’s Energy Minister Ebba Busch warns against one-sided debate on renewables and uncertain power grid
Bild: Poltikerveckan Almedalen, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

When asked how we can heat cleanly and efficiently in the future, Busch emphasises that heat pumps are definitely part of the solution. She points out that in Sweden, heating houses with gas has been abandoned, but overall we have to say goodbye to fossil energy sources.

Nuclear power plays a crucial role

Busch emphasises that nuclear power is indispensable if you care about the future of your grandchildren and the planet. A radical shift is needed to move away from gas and coal. According to Busch, there is no data to show that Europe can achieve its goals without nuclear power.

Busch explains that she was happy to meet Robert Habeck and to keep in touch. She shares his concerns about the climate goals, but also sees no way for Germany to achieve these goals without nuclear power.


Sweden’s energy minister warns against one-sided debate on renewables and uncertain power grid

When asked about the CO₂ reduction in the Swedish electricity mix, Busch says that emissions definitely have to decrease further. However, she says this is only possible if electricity production is increased. She intends to significantly shorten the approval procedures for wind farms. Busch shows concern about the one-sided debate on renewable energies in Europe. There is no discussion of the effects on the electricity grid if one relies exclusively on weather-dependent energy sources. The power grid is not designed to deal with such fluctuations. This creates an unstable energy system.

Busch points out that Sweden and Germany share a long history of trade, dating back to the Hanseatic period. She now sees the transition to a new, clean industrial age. In her view, it is questionable how Germany can continue to be economically successful if it relies heavily on importing electricity from other countries. Especially when the alternative is to use fossil fuels like coal.

Zuletzt aktualisiert am May 16, 2024 um 15:38 . Wir weisen darauf hin, dass sich hier angezeigte Preise inzwischen geändert haben können. Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr.
Zuletzt aktualisiert am May 16, 2024 um 15:28 . Wir weisen darauf hin, dass sich hier angezeigte Preise inzwischen geändert haben können. Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr.
Amazon-Marke: Presto! TAD Küchenrollen, extra saugstark, weiß, 32 Rollen, 1er-Pack
Prime  Price: € 23.56 Jetzt auf Amazon kaufen
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping
Zuletzt aktualisiert am May 16, 2024 um 15:27 . Wir weisen darauf hin, dass sich hier angezeigte Preise inzwischen geändert haben können. Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr.
Scroll to Top