Risk in Increasing Nuclear Power and Expedite Development of Renewable Energy

Mr CHAN Kin-por said that he had been approached by the Greenpeace on the Government’s proposal to increase the share of nuclear power in the fuel mix for local power generation to 50%. Greenpeace was concerned that the development of nuclear power plants would pose considerable risk even if these were not to be built in Hong Kong. With the increased reliance on nuclear energy for power generation, any failure of the nuclear power plants would result in suspension of electricity supply. Hence, contingency plans should be worked out to deal with emergency situations and nuclear waste. A better alternative would be to expedite the development of renewable energy (RE) which was more environment-friendly and sustainable in the long run.

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