Planning for Sustainability in the Belgian Electricity Sector: A Multi-criteria Mapping Exercise

  • Erik Laes
  • Gaston Meskens
  • Da Ruan


The Belgian parliament has recently voted a law to progressively phase out existing nuclear power plants1. This decision has roused quite some contestation between a number of historically active social groups in the energy policy debate. Referring to this relatively controversial climate, the research reported here aims to stretch the scope of the debate outside the boundaries of political (parliamentary) decision making. Broadly speaking, we attempt to shed some light on the question whether nuclear electricity generation can contribute to the transition towards a sustainable energy future for Belgium, and, if so, under which conditions. In this chapter, we will not go into the details of the substantial answers to these questions, but rather focus on some methodological aspects of the project.


Nuclear Energy Energy Policy Sustainability Assessment Scientific Assessment Linear Additive Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Laes
    • 1
  • Gaston Meskens
    • 1
  • Da Ruan
    • 1
  1. 1.The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)MolBelgium

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