The European dispute to define the role of nuclear energy in the future is intensifying. One of the key elements of the European Union’s green plan package has been postponed after France, the bloc’s biggest advocate of nuclear power, is reluctant to vote in favor of a law to expand renewable energy, according to reports. Bloomberg, if he did not clarify the role of nuclear. Consequently, the vote on the Renewable Energy Directive is delayed for now.
The concern of the French nation about the role that nuclear energy remains in the climatic objectives in the norm, together with the opposition of some countries of central and eastern Europe due to the costs of this green transition, has managed to eliminate for the moment the voting of the law of the agenda. A blow that deals a hard blow to the ‘Green Deal’ orchestrated from Brussels, which is causing several disputes between countries motivated by their internal political suspicions.
This is the case in France, whose production relies heavily on nuclear power for its electricity supply. This has led him to press to claim a greater role for this technology in the energy transition. The Élysée opposes the reduced weight that nuclear energy could work in meeting the industry’s climate objectives for 2030. For this reason, the French discourse has previously insisted on including this energy in the list of strategic clean energy technologies that the EU wants domestic producer.
“We’re starting to see a pattern here, and it’s no coincidence. As Europe’s climate policy accelerates, the impacts will increasingly play out in core countries like Germany and France as well, and not just in the East as it used to be.” “said Simone Tagliapietra, an analyst at the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. “If not properly addressed, this could become a dangerous spiral that slows down Europe’s green transition,” she stressed.
From Sweden -the country that holds the rotating presidency of the EU- a new date has not yet been set to address the Renewable Energy Directive. Under the March agreement to this law, countries will be able to lower their green hydrogen production targets if they primarily use nuclear power, rather than fossil fuels, to produce the rest of their hydrogen and keep renewable targets on track. However, France and countries such as Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania were other reluctant to the agreement. Markus Pieper, the European Parliament lawmaker responsible for negotiating the deal, admitted that only Sweden would benefit from this exception.