The Romanian Atomic Forum ROMATOM applauds the European Parliament’s decision to recognize nuclear energy as a green and essential component of the Net-Zero Industry Act. This historic move not only contributes to combating climate change but also positions nuclear power as a cornerstone in the pursuit of a cleaner, greener, and more resilient European continent.
In a groundbreaking move for sustainable energy, the European Parliament has taken a significant step towards a greener future by including nuclear energy among the 17 technologies endorsed in the EU’s Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA). The decision, reached on Tuesday, November 21, sets the stage for constructive discussions with EU member states in December, signaling a positive shift in the continent’s approach to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Led by lawmakers from the European People’s Party (EPP), the Renew group, and the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Parliament’s resounding approval, with 376 votes in favor, 139 against, and 116 abstentions, underscores a united front in addressing climate change and bolstering the European economy. German MEP Christian Ehler, lead speaker on the text for the EPP group, rightly emphasized the importance of this decision as „good news for the climate and the European economy.„
The proposed Net-Zero Industry Act, initially introduced in March and subject to extensive revisions, reflects a comprehensive approach to supporting 17 key technologies vital for Europe’s transition to a climate-neutral economy. This inclusive stance acknowledges the diverse energy landscape across the continent and ensures that multiple avenues are explored to meet ambitious environmental goals.
The removal of a double-list system, originally featuring 10 technologies, and the subsequent reinstatement of nuclear power during a pivotal vote on October 25 by the Parliament’s industry committee (ITRE) is a testament to the evolving understanding of the role of nuclear energy. The Act now encompasses both future technologies like small modular reactors and traditional reactors, highlighting the forward-thinking nature of the legislative process.
A notable aspect of the Net-Zero Industry Act is the flexibility granted to each member state to choose technologies it deems strategic. This approach, as lauded by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in their statement, marks a major victory for the S&D Group and reinforces the collaborative spirit underpinning Europe’s commitment to a sustainable future.
The NZIA will now advance to discussions with EU member states in the Council of Ministers, and we remain committed to actively participating in these conversations. This is a pivotal moment, and we are optimistic that the finalization of the law in December will set a precedent for embracing diverse technologies and fostering a sustainable energy landscape.
The Romanian Atomic Forum ROMATOM looks forward to continued collaboration with stakeholders, policymakers, and the public in advancing the responsible and sustainable use of nuclear energy for the benefit of our shared environment and future generations.