Spain is being urged by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to consider carefully its decision to phase out nuclear power.

The IEA is concerned that the elimination of nuclear power could have a significant negative impact on economic growth and environmental protection following a pledge by the Socialist government to phase out nuclear energy.

Claude Mandil, executive director of the IEA said: “Spain’s energy policy is facing many challenges, but there are solutions that will contribute to all of them. Increasing international energy connections will provide for more competition, reduce CO2 emissions and increase security of supply. Stronger efforts on energy efficiency will also help with emissions and security of supply.”

Spain’s demand for energy has grown rapidly and shows no sign of abating and “from a security of supply perspective, it is important that the government develops an analysis of the possible consequences of a nuclear phase-out,” said Mandil.