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[en] Germany's sad shuffle towards a nuclear exit has continued with the closure of another clean energy power station. Unit 2 of Germany's Philippsburg nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid on 31 December, marking the end of 35 years of operation.
[en] Of all the quirky expressions that creep into our conversations, a personal favourite is 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater'. For anyone unfamiliar with the idiom, it means to discard something considered valuable or important while disposing of something that is thought to be worthless - such as an outdated idea or form of behaviour.
[en] Some weeks ago, as I began to cast around for a suitable subject for this column, I received a telephone call from a contact close to the corridors of power in Brussels who told me to pay particular attention to upcoming announcements on energy policy from the European Commission.
[en] As we all start out on the road to what is now referred to as the 'new normal' - a world that will have to get on with life in the shadow of Covid-19 for some time to come-what better opportunity to take stock of how we have been caring for ourselves and our environment and to think about what we could do better.
[en] This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which has been a key component in spurring the worldwide spread of peaceful nuclear technology for development.
[en] We have had precious little to cheer about this year amidst the impact on all our lives wrought by the coronavirus. As I write, there continues to be an onslaught of grim statistics from parts of the world still struggling to cope with the deadly devastation, while much of Europe moves tentatively out of a patchwork of individual 'lockdown' regimes.
[en] The global electricity sector is experiencing its most dramatic transformation since its creation more than a century ago. That was part of the conclusion reached by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a fascinating report recently released by the Paris-based agency.