Many big German newspapers today carried full-page advertisements to influence the German debate over the upcoming energy concept in favour of nuclear power and coal. Forty-one high-ranking German CEOs and business representatives signed the “Energiepolitischer Appell” (energy policy appeal) with their position for a preferable future energy policy. The move comes ahead of the energy concept the German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel is to publish at the end of September.

The signatories of the appeal include the heads of the four companies that operate German nuclear plants, i.e. E.ON AG, RWE AG, EnBW AG and Vattenfall, as well as the chief executives of Germany’s biggest bank, Deutsche Bank AG, national railway Deutsche Bahn AG, BASF AG and Bayer AG, retailer Metro AG and the heads of Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (Umbrella Organization of German Industry – BDI).  Oliver Bierhoff, Germany’s national football team manager, is also among the signatories, as well as a number of members of the ruling Christian Democrats.

If those persons, who signed the advert, or rather their organizations would have made their homework properly, campaigns like this would not be necessary at all. Also the political debate about this topic would have ruled out itself. The background legislative situation is clear: The last red-green government under Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder enacted a law, by which the  German utilities were forced to shut down their nuclear power plants according to their life-span one after the other.  Now, as the life-spam of more and more of those German power plants come to an end, utilities (there are four left in my homecountry) are combining forces with German heavy industry and start crying for help. Which they think should be political again…

As said, this situation did not at all come by surprise.

Good, that we documented the international conference at the annual Hannover Fair 2000 on the topic:

>>>Winding down nuclear energy – where to begin?<<<

was organized by my company, together with Deutsche Messe AG in Hannover.

Among the keynote speakers was also Amory B. Lovins,  at that time Vice President and Head of Research at Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado, USA.

This was the summary of the conference in 2000, ten years ago from now:

Winding down nuclear energy – the declared political goal of the German federal government – as well as deregulation of the electricity market are the two major issues preoccupying the energy sector at present. The consequences of these political decisions for the German electricity industry and its competitors particularly the European ones, deserve closer analysis.

Both economic and technological issues are at the core of the debate.

The pivotal importance of elictrical energy to welfare and economic growth in all sectors of the world will also be a central issue.

Please check the link for further information and wonder, that not much happended in this respect since ten years.