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Friday, December 06, 2002

The lower house of the parliament in Belgium has voted to phase out nuclear energy by 2025, following months of debate on nuclear safety.

Nuclear energy currently supplies 60% of Belgian electricity needs, making it the country most dependent on nuclear power after France. The Belgian government has said that it will now invest in solar, wind and other renewable energy resources as well as build more gas plants in order to compensate for the loss of nuclear power.

Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden have also announced plans to abandon nuclear energy despite the loss of nuclear energy supplies meaning it will become harder to meet the carbon dioxide emission limits set in the Kyoto Protocol.