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11.2 Phase Out Nuclear Energy Globally and Urgently from Northeast Asia and Indigenous Lands FINAL BEFORE PLENARY

Authors:

  • Yujin Lee, Green Party Korea, [email protected]
  • Han-Shen Pan, Trees Party Taiwan <[email protected]>

Resolution Title:

Phase Out Nuclear Energy Globally and Urgently from Northeast Asia and Indigenous Lands

Preamble:

Recognising that:

• the Greens oppose any expansion of nuclear power and will work to phase it out

rapidly; (Global Greens Charter, clause 3.5)

• the Greens promote the levying of taxes on non-renewable energy and the use of

funds raised to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Global Greens

Charter, clause 3.9)

• nuclear disaster is an unacceptable global risk and

• nuclear pollution remains toxic to ecological systems in perpetuity;

this resolution calls for the phasing out nuclear energy globally and urgently in

Northeast Asia, as a matter of environmental, social and generational justice.

Operative Text:

To achieve the global goals set out in the UN Paris Agreement and Sustainable

Development Goals, changes need to be made to national energy production and

consumption.

In world energy consumption, China ranks first, Japan fifth and South Korea eighth, and

together these nations emit 33% of the world’s greenhouse gas.

To reconcile the need for energy and a sustainable climate, these countries are pursuing

a policy of increasing the number of nuclear power plants in their region. China is

currently operating 34 nuclear power plants (29.4 GW) and is constructing 21 more

(21.5 GW). Korea is operating 25 nuclear power plants and planning to build 11 more

by 2029. Japan’s 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown has spread

radioactive contamination across the whole world and has been especially harmful for

those living in the region. Nevertheless, Japan, too, is accelerating its move to reactivate

the nuclear power plants that have been closed since the Fukushima accident. This is a

wrong decision.

Nuclear power plants is the wrong approach to solving climate change. Recognising that

Northeast Asia has the highest density of nuclear power plants and one of the highest

greenhouse gas emissions in the world, the Global Greens urges Korea, China, and

Japan to work together to make a genuine energy transition in the region as a matter of

high priority and urgency.

To contribute towards that objective, the Greens will organize a global Climate

Change campaign to phase out nuclear energy globally. This campaign will

facilitate sharing of information, experience and solutions for transitioning to

renewable energy from local to global levels.

This includes working together to phase out the entire nuclear fuel chain: from uranium

mining, to the storage of nuclear waste, to the decommissioning of nuclear power plants;

and investing in the cleaning of the earth, ocean and foods polluted by the nuclear fuel

chain. The Greens call in particular for the immediate removal of nuclear waste from

indigenous homeland and for the restoration of the habitat to a healthy ecosystem.

Background Text:

Green Party Korea was founded in 2012 as the “Party of Sun and Wind” and has been

advocating for phasing-out nuclear and fossil fuel-based energy, through activities such

as preparing the “Fundamental Act for Energy Transition”. The Act calls for

discontinuing the construction of new nuclear plants, closing old plants, and better

management of energy demand and promotion of renewable energy. The Act proposes

feasible means for achieving these objectives, including: eliminating subsidies paid for

fossil fuel and nuclear energy, having the socio-environmental cost of pollution reflected

in energy price by taxing on carbon and nuclear fuels, and expanding renewable energy

by renewables through a Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) system, which guarantees a stable price

for renewables through subsidies equal to the difference between the generation cost and

the market price.

Comment:

This resolution is a merger of proposals from Korea and Taiwan.

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