Brussels-based nuclear industry group FORATOM has taken note of the two strategies released in relation to smart sector integration and hydrogen. The Association welcomes the addition of a low-carbon hydrogen category but its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term. FORATOM nevertheless remains concerned that the insufficient attention is paid to low-carbon, non-fossil fuel sources of hydrogen, such as nuclear. “Nuclear is a very versatile and proven technology, providing low-carbon electricity that can be used for the production of clean hydrogen and heat for industrial processes or district heating. For example, in 2018, around 350 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electrical equivalent heat of district heating and process heat was generated in the EU and Switzerland,” states Yves Desbazeille, FORATOM’s Director General. “Given the huge challenge which Europe will face over the next 30 years, it is essential that policymakers do not focus only on variable renewables. Transforming our energy system is going to require ALL low-carbon solutions currently available. And EU policy must reflect this,” he adds.
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