European commissioner emphasizes importance of nuclear energy for future security

Miguel Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy, stated that the nuclear energy generation would play an important role in the energy security of the European Union (EU), FORATOM announced on Thursday.  | Courtesy of FORATOM

Miguel Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy, stated that the nuclear energy generation would play an important role in the energy security of the European Union (EU), FORATOM announced on Thursday. 


According to Cañete, approximately 50 percent of the EU utilizes nuclear energy in some aspect and it accounts for approximately 50 percent of low-carbon energy produced across the union, and it makes up approximately 30 percent of power that is generated and used in the EU. He stated that nuclear energy would play an important role as the EU pursues low-carbon emission and renewable energy. 


On June 30 Cañete spoke at the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) of this and the importance of the continued development of disposal and storage methods of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. He also spoke on the Radioactive Waste Directive and its requirement that state parties submit their respective national plans on how they will manage the disposal of radioactive material.


Overall the EU is expected to increase its overall energy output and to decrease reliance of outside sources of energy. With this growth in production, Cañete expects that nuclear generation capacity will remain at a stable level. 


According to FORATOM nuclear energy will play an important role as a reliable source of baseload electricity. FORATOM is an organization that supports the nuclear energy industry across Europe.