Switzerland chemical industry rejects govt energy strategy

11 December 2012 17:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Switzerland’s chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry rejects the country’s energy strategy as it is worried that the planned phase-out of nuclear power generation could lead to supply shortfalls, an trade group said on Tuesday.

Scienceindustries, which represents Switzerland-based chemicals and pharmaceuticals producers, said that the government’s strategy – called “Energy Strategy 2050” – did not provide a satisfactory answer how Switzerland can make up for the lost nuclear power capacity against the backdrop of rising power demand.

Nuclear plants account for about 40% of Switzerland’s overall power supplies, the group said.

The phase-out of the nuclear plants meant that Switzerland would need to import large volumes of electricity from its neighbours, the group said. However, Switzerland has yet to agree a bilateral electricity agreement with the EU, it added.

Scienceindustries called on the government to open up Switzerland’s electricity market and link it to with the EU.

At the same time, the government needed to accelerate procedures to allow for the construction of new power plants, the group said.

The group also said that it rejects a further expansion of the subsidised renewable energy sector.

The example of Germany showed that the subsidy-driven build-up of renewable energy sectors as wind and photovoltaic could not improve the security of energy supplies, it said.

Scieneindustries represents more than 250 Swiss-based, chemical, pharmaceuticals and biotech companies.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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