08.10.2018_No199 / News in Brief

Report ‘Rightly Concludes’ That Nuclear Has a Role, Says Foratom

Policies & Politics

8 Oct (NucNet): The report published today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) rightly concludes that nuclear power has a key role to play in fighting global warming and that renewables alone cannot solve the climate crisis, said Yves Desbazeille, director-general of the Brussels-based industry group Foratom.

“It [the IPCC report] comes at a perfect moment as the EU is currently working on its 2050 low-carbon economy strategy,” Mr Desbazeille said.

The European Commission opened a public consultation on the strategy, which aims to establish a long-term vision for decarbonisation, in July 2018. The consultation will close in October.

Mr Desbazeille also said betting too much on CO2 emitting gas could also have harmful lock-in effects in the long term. He said low-carbon, flexible nuclear must form part of the energy mix – a reality which is often overlooked in Brussels.

“We hope that this report will encourage policymakers to embrace all low-carbon energy sources,” he said.

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