At the same time, the German "atomophobia" led to the fact that the country not only voluntarily deprived itself of cheap electricity, but, contrary to the "green code", began to further pollute the environment. The thing is that now, abandoning nuclear energy, Germany has to burn more coal, simultaneously emitting tens of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
However, even without "environmental hysteria", the EU expects a massive closure of nuclear power plants that were built back in the 70s, and their service life is 40 years. Naturally, this will increase the demand for our energy resources. However, Russia has found yet another way of making good money while helping European partners.
As you know, the elimination of nuclear power plants is an extremely difficult and expensive process. This can be seen on the example of the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania, the reactors of which were shut off in 2009, but its complete decommissioning, according to the most optimistic forecasts, will happen only by the year 2038.
And here our Rosatom volunteered to help Europe. The domestic state-owned company TVEL has already signed a memorandum of cooperation with several large organizations from the EU. According to preliminary estimates, the dismantling of European nuclear power plants could bring Russia up to 100 billion euros in the next decade. At the same time, they will be worked out along the way. Technology on the disposal of irradiated graphite, which today we only own.