New nuclear reactors can help France become carbon neutral by 2050

According to the French grid operator RTE, next generation nuclear reactors offer an affordable path to shifting the country's energy mix away from fossil fuels and make the aim of carbon neutrality by 2050 achievable.

Building new nuclear reactors is economically viable, especially as it makes it possible to maintain a fleet of around 40 gigawatts in 2050. The report is expected to help inform President Emmanuel Macron's decision to go ahead with plans to build new nuclear plants.

Achieving future carbon neutral goals without nuclear reactors would require a scale up of renewables faster than the most dynamic electric mixes in Europe.

Credit: Reuters

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