Europe before COP26: an energy mix looking for balance
renewables, nuclear and sovereignty
October 2021 marks a shift within the European Union, its institutions and political parties, around energy production and sovereignty.
In the span of 2 weeks the following events contributed to reorder the European balance:
Oct 11: Ten countries signed an op-ed calling to include nuclear as part of the energy mix necessary to stay within decarbonization goals. The 10 countries: Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary.
Pourquoi les Européens ont besoin de l’énergie nucléaire
Oct 12: Finnish Greens evolved from opposed to neutral on nuclear
Oct 13: France’s EDF unveiled a non-binding offer to Poland to build up to 6 EPR reactors, as part of Poland’s revamped energy strategy
France’s EDF offers to build 4–6 EPR nuclear reactors for Poland
Oct 13: German scientists penned an open letter in Die Welt calling for the incoming government to keep the remaining nuclear plants online
Offener Brief: Liebes Deutschland, bitte lass die Kernkraftwerke am Netz
Oct 15: the UK to put nuclear power at heart of net zero emissions strategy
Oct 22: Commission President van der Leyen publicly acknowledged nuclear needs to be part of the energy mix for the entire EU
Where is this leading Europe ?
Will the EU Commission be able to create a peaceful dialogue and balance national and supranational interests ?
This writer will engage in this dialogue with proponents from both sides and endeavor to create the conditions for a respectful, fact-based and solutions-driven debate.
The 2 Questions series continues and will focus on energy and climate, more to come soon !