10 Member States have asked the European Commission to add nuclear energy to green energy sources.
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Europe is facing an energy crisis and the solutions must be not only timely but also green. With the soaring prices of natural gas within the European Union and the delay in renewable energies, an answer to the group’s problems lies in a clean and abundant source of energy: nuclear.
âThe long-term response to the current situation in Europe must be to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources, but also energy efficiency solutions,â explains Simone Tagliapietra, senior fellow at the Bruegel economic think tank in Brussels.
Unless long-term sustainable solutions are found, Europe will experience frequent blackouts, experts have warned.
To prevent such a scenario, 10 EU states have asked the European Commission to add nuclear energy to green energy sources on the continent, arguing that it is an “energy source affordable, stable and independent â, the increased deployment of which will benefit the continent. .
“The rise in energy prices [has] showed how important it is to reduce our energy dependence on third countries as quickly as possible, âexplained the 10 nations of France, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland and Hungary , Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.
Some of these countries are already relying on nuclear power by developing new power plants using modern Russian technology.
However, with the exception of France, which derives 70% of its electricity produced in its country from its nuclear power plants, no European country currently depends mainly on nuclear energy. In total, only around 26% of the electricity produced in the EU is of nuclear origin, although coal-fired power plants remain dominant in several countries
At the same time, more than 90% of the natural gas used within the 27-member consortium is purchased from Russia and other outside producers, which exposes EU countries to significant price volatility. ‘energy.
âSupply tensions will become more and more frequent and we have no choice but to diversify our supply. We have to be careful not to increase our dependence on energy imports from outside Europe, âthe 10 nations wrote in favor of nuclear power.
“If renewable energies play a key role for our energy transition, they cannot produce enough low-carbon electricity to meet our needs, at a sufficient and constant level”, they added, stressing that nuclear power must do so. part of Europe’s energy plans.
However, not all EU members agree on nuclear power. Germany plans to shut down all of its reactors by the end of next year, damaging the prospect of Europe’s energy independence and its promised transition to low-carbon economies.
However, encouragingly for supporters of nuclear energy, Brussels has indicated that it sees nuclear power as a viable source of green and abundant energy, a view shared by the International Energy Agency.
Another positive development for nuclear in Europe, the UK government is seeking to green the country’s economy by incorporating nuclear power into the energy pie alongside a growing share of renewables.
“A constant baseline supply of nuclear power could continue to meet demand when renewable energy production slows down because the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining,” says William Nuttall, professor of energy at the ‘Open University in UK.