This debate focuses on the strategic significance of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in the European Union's energy landscape.
As the EU strives to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, SMRs emerge as a promising solution,blending low-carbon electricity production with innovative nuclear technology. SMRs, with their reduced size and flexible deployment, offer a pathway to decarbonize various sectors, including industry and transportation.
The European Parliament recognizes the potential of SMRs in enhancing energy security, reducing dependence on external fossil fuels, and supporting the EU's global competitiveness in this rapidly developing field.
Key aspects include the need for a comprehensive strategy for SMR deployment, considering the specific needs of different regions and sectors, and addressing the challenges of licensing processes, global supply chain development, public perception, and waste management. The debate should underscore the imperative of collaborative efforts and financial support for R&D to bring these technologies to fruition, thereby contributing to the EU’s energy mix and climate objectives.