18.04.2017_No76 / News in Brief

EU Energy Proposals Must Take Nuclear Industry’s Views Into Account, Says Foratom

Policies & Politics

18 Apr (NucNet): Legislative proposals in the European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package could ensure a coherent and optimal approach towards meeting energy and climate objectives, provided they take into account the views of the nuclear energy industry, Foratom, the Brussels-based trade association for the industry in Europe, said in a position paper.

The position paper says the goal of the EU to decarbonise the economy by more than 80% by 2050 cannot be achieved without nuclear power.

The legislative proposals, released in November 2016, aim to improve the functioning of the energy market and make sure that all energy technologies compete on a level-playing field without jeopardising climate and energy targets.

Foratom is calling for an effective power market leading to competitive and affordable electricity prices for end-users and the promotion of investments in low-carbon technologies.

Foratom’s position paper underlines the importance of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) and of protecting it from conflicting policy overlaps, in particular from a proposed 30% energy efficiency target.

Foratom is also calling for a strategy to help the EU maintain its technological and industrial leadership in the nuclear sector.

According to the EC, its legislative proposals have three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

For details see the Foratom website: http://bit.ly/2oI2Sna

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