The era of nuclear power in Germany will end on 15 April as planned, the country’s environment minister has said. His remarks are quoted in a report by the online agency Clean Energy Wire.

Minister Steffi Lemke stressed that the phase-out would not endanger the power supply security in Germany or other countries, arguing that ending nuclear power will ultimately make the country a safer place. However, despite nuclear power production in Germany coming to an end, the risk of nuclear accidents remains, due to the ageing reactor fleet in neighbouring countries and previously ‘unthinkable’ threats such as sabotage or war-related damage to reactors in Ukraine, Lemke said.

The renewable power industry welcomed completing the exit from nuclear power, stating that wind and solar power are ready to replace the reactors, whereas a survey suggests most people in the country appear to be sceptical about whether the energy system is ready to run without them.