Nuclear power generates one third of all the electricity consumed in the EU today, at the same time emitting no greenhouse gases. Thanks to nuclear, the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by some 14% a year - more than 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to that produced by all the private cars in Europe.
Nuclear power contributes significantly to helping the EU meet its current commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and it offers options for sustainable energy supply into the future.
Euratom FP7 research is focused on ensuring the continued safe operation of existing nuclear power installations and also preparing the ground for future options that can provide diversity and security of energy supply in Europe whilst combating climate change. Advanced nuclear technology could deliver even safer, more resource-efficient and more competitive nuclear energy.
Last updated on: 2008-04-29