European Nuclear Assembly: extracts from the speech by Andris Piebalgs on low-carbon energy policy in Europe

Type: Report   Reference: I-057045   Duration: 10:18:18  Lieu:
End production: 15/04/2008   First transmission: 15/04/2008
The international conference European Nuclear Assembly gathered in Brussels on 15 and 16 April 2008. Its goal was to provide an opportunity for politicians, industry experts and stakeholder representatives from around the world to discuss the latest political, economic and environmental developments in the nuclear field. It was organised by FORATOM, the European nuclear industry trade association, and the main theme of the conference was how to reconcile economic growth with the forging of Europe’s low-carbon economy. Among the topics discussed during the plenary sessions and panel discussions were low-carbon energy policy in Europe, safety and waste management, investing in a nuclear tomorrow and education and training. Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, took part in the event. In his speech, he said that the times of cheap energy resources were over, and he explained the priorities of the EU energy policy: security of supply, sustainability and providing competitive prices for European citizens and European industries. He reiterated the importance of nuclear energy for the reduction of CO2 emissions. But he added that in order to maintain its share in the energy mix, new investments were needed to replace or upgrade aging generation capacities. He said that the European Commission would continue to do all in its power to ensure that all provisions and obligations on nuclear safety, security and safeguards are fully respected.

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10:14:22 Title 00:00:04
10:14:27 Views of the European Energy Assembly (2 shots) 00:00:22
10:14:49 Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, (in ENGLISH) saying that the political risk that could come is that they would like to postpone addressing the challenges related to energy; in his opinion that would be a critical mistake; it is very important to see clearly where the dangers are coming from; for the EU, there are three basic challenges that energy policy should address: security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness, to provide competitive prices for European citizens and European industries 00:00:42
10:15:31 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:15:35 Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that the times of cheap energy resources are over; they should be very serious because they can't predict what the oil prices will be in two, three or four years; but what they definetly feel and know is that today's demand and supply balance leads to higher oil prices; for the EU, it is particularly challenging because they are dependent for 50% of their imports for energy resources today, and 70% by 2030 00:00:34
10:16:09 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:16:13 Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that they know that today nuclear energy in the EU provides more than a third of electricity; they also know that it has proven to be a stable, reliable source, and relatively shielded from price fluctuation when compared to the oil and gas market; conventional nuclear energy is essentially free from CO2 emissions and it fulfills the important requirement of the three pillars of the EU energy policy: security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness 00:00:39
10:16:52 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:16:57 Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that regarding radioactive waste and spent fuel management, the sustainable management of radioactive waste and spent fuel is fundamental to nuclear safety; it is an issue that poses a problem regarding public acceptance; long live high level waste requires safe confinement for very long period; the European Commission would like all Member States to adopt a national waste management programme for all forms of radioactive waste 00:00:33
10:17:30 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:17:36 Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that first, nuclear is an important component of the EU energy policy; in order to maintain its share in the energy mix, new investments are needed to replace or upgrade aging generation capacities; at the same time, the safety of nuclear installations and the safe management of radioactive waste have to be ensured; second, as guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission will continue to do all in its power to ensure that all provisions and obligations on nuclear safety, security and safeguards are fully complied with 00:00:42
10:18:18 Cutaway 00:00:05
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