SNP welcome Japanese move on nuclear

The SNP has welcomed the announcement of plans by the Japanese government to phase out nuclear power by 2030. Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power supplied about a third of Japan's energy needs, but the country now aims to increase the use of renewable energy.

Japan follows Germany and Switzerland in announcing their intention to be nuclear free. The Scottish Government is committed to generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's own electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Commenting, SNP Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Mike Weir MP said:

“The world is waking up to the massive safety risks presented by nuclear energy as Japan becomes the latest country to announce its intention to go nuclear free.

“The Scottish Government has already ruled out any new nuclear power stations in Scotland and it is time the UK Government followed Scotland and Germany's lead.

“Scotland is well placed to lead this global renewable energy revolution with our huge natural advantage. Scotland has the capacity to generate a quarter of Europe's offshore wind and tidal power and a tenth of the Continent's wave energy. Realising that potential will be a priority for the SNP Scottish Government.

“The SNP have already made a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2020. By achieving this ambitious target, we can secure Scotland's power supply and create 130,000 jobs in the renewable and low carbon sector.

“A reindustrialised Scotland can lead the world's renewables revolution.”