A case in point, France has chosen to develop a large nuclear fleet strongly boosting its economy and helping achieve its climate objectives
Carbon-free electricity generated from nuclear source*
Employees in the nuclear field in France*
*2021 French figures
CO2 emissions avoided per year in France*
Thanks to a carbon-free electricity, the nuclear industry strongly contributes to the energy transition and the Net-Zero 2050 ambition, while ensuring the country’s energy independence and self-reliance. It also contributes to the country’s growth with more than 220,000 jobs in the nuclear industry in France and more than 3,000 companies of all sizes. It is the third largest industrial sector in France.
Nuclear power: a major contribution to decarbonised electricity generation
Employing 50,000 people in the sole nuclear field, EDF has developed a nuclear fleet representing in France 71% of the installed capacity and generating 88% of the country’s electricity.
EDF is delighted with French President Macron's announcement, made on February 10th 2022, regarding the launch of a construction programme of 6 EPR2 reactors in France by 2035, with potentially 8 more by 2050. This announcement confirms that nuclear power, alongside renewable energies, will play a major role in achieving France's climate objectives while contributing to the country's growth and energy sovereignty.
EDF is deeply committed to supporting the French decarbonisation strategy and is ready to implement the government’s strategy.