Can we tackle climate change without nuclear? In 2018, roughly 28% of electricity in the EU was generated by nuclear power. However, most of the reactors in Europe were constructed between the 1960s and 1980s, with the IEA reporting the average age of a reactor in the EU is 35 years. Billions of euros of investment will be needed to modernise Europe’s ageing fleet of nuclear plants; would it be better to phase out the technology altogether? Can Europe transition from fossil fuels without nuclear?
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Esra arguing Europe should invest in nuclear energy to fight climate change. Is nuclear power better for the climate than coal and gas?
To get a response, we spoke to Erkki Maillard, Senior Vice-President for European and International Affairs at the Électricité de France (EDF) Group, a French electric utility company and one of the largest producers of electricity in the world. What would he say?
For another perspective, we put the same question to Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network Europe. How would he respond?
Should we invest in nuclear power? Is nuclear power better for the climate than coal and gas? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!