Nuclear Politics

Industry Group Foratom Highlights Benefits Of Nuclear For Europe

By David Dalton
8 February 2019

8 Feb (NucNet): Nuclear energy can help the European Union achieve a sustainable and low-carbon future while providing people with reliable and affordable electricity, the Brussels-based industry group Foratom has said in a position paper.

The paper highlights three main advantages of nuclear energy: environmental sustainability, energy independence, and economic contribution.

Foratom said the role nuclear will play in Europe’s pursuit of a sustainable and low-carbon future was confirmed by the European Commission’s ‘A Clean Planet for All’,strategy, which shows how the EU plans to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

In the strategy the commission stresses that nuclear energy will form the backbone of a carbon-free European power system, together with renewables. Each of eight possible scenarios for Europe includes a significant share of electricity generated by nuclear power.

“The recognition of nuclear energy by the European Commission as an essential element of Europe’s low-carbon future is a step in the right direction”, said Foratom director-general Yves Desbazeille

“It’s important to keep in mind that nuclear energy is capable not only of reducing CO2 emissions, but also provides many other benefits as it ensures security of energy supply and is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable”.

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