Nuclear power is and will remain a sensitive topic for discussion, and the EU Commission will soon decide how to deal with nuclear energy in the future. Shortly before this decision, the EU’s internal market commissioner, the French Thierry Breton, dared to take a lead. He clearly advocates classifying nuclear power as climate-neutral: “It is simply not feasible to double our electricity capacities without nuclear power,” said Breton in an interview with Handelsblatt.
26 percent of Europe’s energy supply is currently covered by nuclear reactors. “In order to achieve climate neutrality, we have to use everything that is available to us,” warned the French commissioner.
In December, the EU wants to define in the so-called taxonomy which investments will be considered green in the future. This classification could have far-reaching consequences for the financing of new power plants.
France, which relies heavily on nuclear energy in its climate strategy, vehemently calls for nuclear technology to be classified as sustainable. Germany is against it. There is a risk of a violent dispute with the future traffic light coalition.