Advantages of nuclear power

Nuclear energy, a key solution for a low-carbon society

  • Availability

    Nuclear power supplies electricity at any time of the day and year.

  • Competitiveness

    Thanks to nuclear power, the kWh in France costs on average 30% less than in Western European countries (Germany, Spain, Italy)(1).

  • Climate-friendly

    Electricity produced from nuclear power is emitting very few CO2(2).

  • Safe

    French nuclear power plants are the most controlled and protected installations.

  • Energy independence

    The preponderant share of nuclear energy in the French energy mix guarantees the country's energy independence.

  • (1) Compared to all countries of the European Union, the price of kWh in France is 13% lower – Sourcing: "Electricity prices in France and the European Union 2020" report by French Ministry of Ecological Transition (PDF 378 kb).
    (2) Over the entire industrial cycle, the global average of CO2 emissions per kWh produced by a nuclear power plant is 12g, a level similar to the emissions from a wind turbine - Sourcing: GIEC- IPCC, 2018, "Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" p. 1,335. Cambridge University Press (PDF 49.9 Mb).

EDF energy nuclear, a leader in a sector of excellence

As the world's leading nuclear operator and the driver of innovative projects, the EDF Group is at the head of a strategic industrial sector, the third largest in France after the automotive and aeronautics sectors. This sector has all of the assets necessary to design and build a new generation of power plants in France and internationally, operate existing reactors and decommission those that have been shut down.

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Safety nuclear power stations : ensuring protection at all times

The safety of nuclear power stations is guaranteed by taking into account the risk of an accident permanently. Safety is governed by very strict regulations that are designed to protect people and their environment in all circumstances. Scheduled and random inspections are carried out throughout the year by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN).

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In France, 19 nuclear power stations enable electricity to be produced without emitting any CO2. Follow their news.