EC: 15% Of EU Electricity In 2050 Will Come From Nuclear Energy

Around 15 per cent of electricity in the EU will be generated by nuclear power in 2050, the European Commission (EC) believes.

« In our main scenarios, we project an approximate 15% share of nuclear power in the EU in 2050, » said European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson in a speech published on the EC’s website.

She did not specify what that share is currently. However, Simson said that according to industry reports for 28 EU countries (including the now-defunct UK) there were more than 350,000 people working in the nuclear energy sector in 2019. Indirectly, it supported more than 1 million jobs in other sectors. According to the European Commissioner, the industry could grow and support more than 1.3 million jobs by 2050 if the currently planned investments are realised.

The European Commission envisages that the future European energy system will be predominantly based on renewable energy sources. Union countries have pledged together to reduce at least 55% of emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels. The EU aims to have at least 40% of its energy system powered by renewables by that time, and 65% of electricity will have to come from renewables.

However, increasing the consumption of energy from renewable sources also poses a number of challenges, such as interruptions to the supply and storage of such energy.

Against this background, « there is renewed interest in nuclear energy as part of the new energy future » of the EU, said the Commissioner.

« The fact is that nuclear power is currently the most common low-carbon source, providing the base load needed for grid stability, » Simson stated.


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