The long-term operation (LTO) of the domestic nuclear reactor fleet will help the European Union achieve its climate goals at an “affordable cost”, while also reducing energy import dependency, Brussels-based industry group Foratom has said. In a position paper published today, Foratom said experts increasingly recognise that the decarbonization of the power sector cannot be achieved with renewables alone – nuclear will have to play a role, if the world is to reach its CO2 reduction targets by 2050. Foratom said the LTO of the existing nuclear fleet will have a significant impact on the EU’s ambition to decarbonise its economy, an effort which will require using all low-carbon sources.
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