The EU launched a Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform to bring researchers and industry together to define and implement a strategic research agenda and corresponding deployment strategy for new nuclear power systems.
Europe has the largest nuclear industry in the world and one-third of its electricity comes from nuclear plants.
For those countries that choose it, nuclear power will be a very important part of their solution to security of supply and reduction of greenhouse gases. It is clear that we need to address two important concerns – ensuring that nuclear power is economically competitive and, more importantly, our duty to make it as neutral as possible in environmental terms and in terms of the legacy we leave future generations. The answer to both these concerns can be found in research: innovation and the next generation of nuclear power plants, with increased safety, efficiency and a significant reduction in nuclear waste as well as sound ways of recycling or storing it.—Janez Potočnik, European Science and Research Commissioner
The European Technology platform will provide expert advice and recommendations to the European Commission and national governments to help define and concentrate the efforts and budgets on priorities agreed at EU level.