Nuclear power, a strategic asset towards EU CO2 emissions reduction
Accounting for one quarter of electricity produced in the EU, nuclear is the first single source and provides half of low-carbon electricity generation in Europe. The European objective of emissions reduction for 2030 has been reinforced to at least -55%, compared with 1990 levels. In the long run, the EU aims at achieving climate-neutrality in 2050 to stand as a global leader in the fight against climate change. In this context, the European Commission estimates that an important nuclear power share will constitute, together with renewables, the backbone of a carbon-free European power system.
Nuclear power, a pillar of European energy security
The availability and geographical diversity of uranium resources guarantee secure supply to the EU. Moreover, the price of electricity is barely affected by fluctuations in nuclear fuel costs, in contrast to oil and gas. All these assets make nuclear energy a particularly reliable source of electricity and a pillar of European energy security. Through its mining activities
and its uranium conversion and enrichment plants
located in Europe Orano contributes to the European Union’s security of supply.
Safely and sustainably managing used nuclear fuel
Safely and sustainably managing spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste is a priority for Europe, regulated by the Euratom legislation. Each Member State has ultimate responsibility for the radioactive waste produced on its soil and must take the necessary measures to ensure the safe and sustainable management of used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.
With reference facilities for the treatment and recycling of used fuel, Orano offers its European customers competitive proven industrial solutions for the sustainable management of their radioactive waste and their used fuels, in line with efforts towards a more circular economy.
Orano, partner to EU states in their decommissioning projects
Orano also plays an essential part in the decommissioning of European nuclear installations at the end of their cycle. The experts of the Orano Dismantling and Services unit intervene on several European sites.