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N-Power 'Has Role To Play' In Europe, Says EU Energy Commissioner

Plans for the introduction of a common EU energy policy were announced by European energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs on 4 January 2006.

Mr Piebalgs’ announcement followed a speech to a meeting of the Energy Charter Conference* in Brussels on 9 December 2005. In that speech, the commissioner outlined some of what he described as the EU’s “major policy initiatives and thinking” including on nuclear related issues.

The commissioner said “central themes” of future proposals would cover decommissioning and waste management and he added that nuclear energy “also has a role to play in those countries which choose to keep this option open”. Highlights of the speech are as follows:

“For a long time, energy policy had largely been taken for granted, with abundant supplies and relatively stable prices. But the situation has changed, with a much tighter energy market and significantly higher prices. It is clear therefore that we need together a more coherent strategy and I would like to set out our thinking on this for three main areas: how to secure sustainable energy supplies in the longer term; the role played by international relations in our energy strategy; and, briefly, our thinking on how to respond to higher energy prices.

“Under our ‘business as usual’ scenarios, by 2030, almost 70% of the energy we use will be imported. Energy demand will rise by 1% to 2% per year and the share of fossil fuels in our energy supply could rise to almost 90%, substantially increasing greenhouse emissions. To respond to this, a first essential step is to tackle rising energy demand…

“The second step is to make our energy supply more sustainable and to help facilitate this process, I have set up a new forum on sustainable energy which held its first meeting last month (November 2005) in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam forum could become a central venue for sustainable energy matters in Europe.

“A third step is to make it possible to use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently, with clean coal technology a priority, particularly with coal still providing more than one quarter of power in the EU. The interest in clean coal technology is thus growing, both within the EU, notably as a result of emissions trading, and internationally. Other technologies, such as carbon sequestration, should also be explored and developed.

“Nuclear energy also has a role to play in those countries which choose to keep this option open, though this means assuring safe decommissioning, responsible waste management and adequate measures to prevent proliferation. These have always been areas of concern to the Commission and will be the central themes of new proposals I am preparing for this area.”

*The Energy Charter is based on the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty, which has been signed by 51 states in Europe and Asia. The treaty provides a binding multilateral legal framework for energy cooperation between its member states in the promotion and protection of investment, facilitating energy trade and transit and improving energy efficiency. The Energy Charter secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Zdroj: NucNet

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