By 2022 there will no longer be any nuclear plants in Germany. German lawmakers approved plans to shut down all nuclear energy and set path for a future of renewable energy. Recently Germany shut down eight of their 17 reactors and will gradually continue to shut down the remaining nine by the end of 2022. The goal is for water, wind, and sun/biogas energy to make up at least 35 percent of German energy by 2020. Germany will be the first major industrial country to carry on this technological and economic revolution.
The shift to renewable energy sources will put many Germans to work and will be a good boost for the country’s workforce. If any good can come from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant destruction in Japan, it’s that it has made many world powers rethink the risks of nuclear power. According to Renate Kuenast, the co-leader of the Greens’ parliamentary group, this has been a long time coming since German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “party has always opposed nuclear energy, which has been unpopular in Germany since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster sent radioactivity drifting over the country” (Moulson). Kuenast believes that the government’s renewable energy target was “unambitious” and thinks that Germany should set the goal of renewable energy way above 40 percent instead of roughly 35 percent. “That is the scale of this task: We must show that this works for the (world’s) fourth-biggest industrial country” (Moulson). If Germany can successful operate and rely on a majority of renewable energy, than they will be a great example to the world.