After the Fukushima nuclear disaster on 11 March 2011, Germany took the decision, with all political parties in agreement, to phase out commercial use of nuclear power by the end of 2022 at the latest. This decision will minimise the ultimately unmanageable risks nuclear power poses to people and the environment in Germany. When the last nuclear power plants in Germany are switched off at the end of 2022, we will achieve a historic goal – also thanks to many thousands of people who have worked tirelessly over decades for the nuclear phase-out and the energy transition.
The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) sees its work for the nuclear phase-out as far from complete. On the contrary, we are pressing full steam ahead because the nuclear phase-out will not yet be complete at the end of 2022. Nuclear power continues to pose risks that call for further resolute action in Germany, in Europe and globally.