Green Cross International welcomes the 28 September vote by Swiss lawmakers to end construction of new nuclear energy plants, phase out existing nuclear reactors and pursue alternative and renewable sources of power.
“We are very encouraged by the decision of the Swiss Upper House of Parliament to move the country away from its reliance on nuclear energy,”says Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International, the environmental and security NGO founded by Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.
“With the aftermaths of Chernobyl and Fukushima firmly in our memories, we commend the Swiss initiative and we hope the move by the Upper House will be endorsed by the government and that Switzerland will lead the way in Europe and the world in the transition to green energy.”
The day before the Swiss Upper House vote, Mr Gorbachev urged Swiss politicians to grasp this historic opportunity to make change.
Switzerland’s Federal Council intends to embark on a new energy policy that does not rely on nuclear power in the medium term. It has called for its existing five nuclear reactors to be phased out by the end of their natural lifespan, and to adopt a new Energy Strategy 2050 that centres on energy efficiencies, expansion of hydropower and new renewable energies, and, if required, fossil fuel-based electricity production.
Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organisations in over 30 countries.