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25% of EU electricity production from nuclear sources

France is a strong supporter of nuclear energy. Germany and Austria are not. Around half of the EU's member states had decided to include nuclear power in their energy mix while some prefer to bet on gas.

25% of EU electricity production from nuclear sources

Brussels, January 14 - Neftegaz.RU. According to recent figures from Eurostat, 13 EU countries with nuclear electricity production generated 683 512 GWh of nuclear electricity in 2020.
This accounts for almost 25% of the EU’s total electricity production.

The largest producer of nuclear power in the EU was:
  • France (52% of the EU total nuclear energy production; 353 833 GWh)
  • Germany (9%; 64 382 GWh)
  • Spain (9%; 58 299 GWh)
  • Sweden (7%; 49 198 GWh)
These 4 countries together accounted for more than 3 quarters of the total amount of electricity generated in nuclear facilities in the EU.

At the beginning of 2020, 13 EU Member States with nuclear electricity production had altogether 109 nuclear reactors in operation.
In the course of 2020, 3 nuclear reactors permanently shut down – 2 in France and 1 in Sweden.
Nevertheless, France remained the EU Member State most reliant on nuclear electricity, which represented 67% of all electricity generated in the country in 2020.

The only other EU country with more than half of its electricity generated in nuclear power plants was Slovakia (54%).
This figure stood at 46% in Hungary, 41% in Bulgaria, 39% in Belgium, 38% in Slovenia, 37% in Czechia, 34% in Finland, 30% in Sweden, 22% in Spain, 21% in Romania.

France is leading a group of EU countries advocating for nuclear power to be recognised as a low-cost and climate-friendly provider of energy security.

The EU's decision on whether or not nuclear is «sustainable» has yet to be made.
Despite the fact that plants are emission-free, nuclear is currently considered only a low-carbon energy source due to emissions caused by mining and transport.

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