EU states strengthen resistance against nuclear in EU’s renewable targets

Efforts by pro-nuclear countries like France and Poland to count nuclear energy towards renewable energy targets have been met with heavy resistance from Germany, Spain, Denmark and 4 other EU states.

The talks over more ambitious RE capacity have stalled due to efforts by some states to count low-carbon hydrogen derived from nuclear power towards their goals.

The joint letter by the EU ministers of the opposing states said “ Taking into account low-carbon hydrogen and low-carbon fuels in the 2030 RE targets would decrease ambition and slow down renewables deployment, which in turn would jeopardize the achievement of climate targets”. The letter is currently under review by Sweden, which is holding the current EU presidency. Talks are expected to remain stagnant for now as the seven antinuclear countries want renewable goals only to include wind, solar and hydro energy.