8 november 2017

France backtracks on nuclear phase-out pledge

Euractiv, November 8, 2017

The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production after grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions.

Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Tuesday (7 November) it was not realistic to cut nuclear energy’s share of electricity production to 50% by 2025 from 75% now and that doing so in a hurry would increase France’s CO2 emissions, endanger the security of power supply and put jobs at risk.

“It will be difficult to maintain the target of reducing the share of nuclear to 50% by 2025,” Hulot told reporters following a cabinet meeting.

He later said in an television interview the government would be working towards a 2030 to 2035 timeframe.

Hulot said that while there was a delay, the government would in a year’s time have a clear programme on which reactors to close and when.

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