The energy ministers of the European Council have defined the European Union’s priorities for energy security. The report recommends new climate targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050, while improving energy efficiency by 35 percent—and 60 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption should come from renewable energy sources.
The report recommends the EU focus on developing diverse energy sources, making the best use of each EU member’s resources “including renewables, fossil fuels and, in countries which choose to do so, nuclear energy.”
The report explicitly recognizes the significance of nuclear energy, “which is produced in 15 out of 27 EU member states and meets about one-third of electricity demand in the European Union.” It recommends neighboring countries outside the union adopt EU nuclear safety standards for new and upgraded plants and work with the International Atomic Energy Agency to achieve that goal.
Meanwhile, positive events for nuclear power continue to unfold in several European countries.