Nuclear power is still one of the most controversial issues when it comes to the future of Holland’s energy policy and this was reflected in an ‘unexpected’ comment by the chairman of the government appointed Energy Transition Taskforce last week, reports today’s Financieele Dagblad.
Originally during the Taskforce’s report recommended a focus on ‘clean fossil fuels (coal-fired plants with underground CO2 storage) and nuclear energy’. According to the FD, the Taskforce’s chairman and Shell Nederland director Rein Willems has now changed this to ‘clean fossil fuel and/or nuclear energy’.
The paper quotes Syble Schone, who represented the environmental lobby on the Taskforce, as saying that the original version of the report had included a ‘typing error’ which had led to a silly misunderstanding. ‘But we are now agreed that the discussion on nuclear energy should be left to others,’ said Schone.
A recent energy report by the influential socio economic council SER also ignored the issue of nuclear power. ‘Otherwise we would not have been able to reach a unanimous recommendation,’ the paper quotes an insider as saying. The council promised to come back to the issue in a separate recommendation in the future.