Agreement reached on SET-Plan Actions 9 & 10 – Carbon Capture Storage and Utilisation ( CCS/CCU) and Nuclear
An agreement on strategic targets and priorities in Actions 9 and 10 of the Integrated SET-Plan dedicated to 'Renewing efforts to demonstrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the EU and developing sustainable solutions for carbon capture and use (CCU)' and 'Maintaining a high level of safety of nuclear reactors and associated fuel cycles during operation and decommissioning, while improving their efficiency' was reached at the SET Plan Steering Group meeting on 14 September 2016 .
The corresponding Declaration of Intent represents the first step in the process of implementing Action 9 of the SET-Plan. Its conclusions were reached between research and industry stakeholders and those SET-Plan countries that have chosen to take part in the definition of strategic R&I targets for the SET-Plan Action 9 on CCS/CCU. With this Declaration of Intent, interested parties agree to act in a coordinated way and to address all relevant issues in order to attain the agreed targets.
The corresponding Declaration of Intent represents the first step in the process of implementation of Action 10 of the SET-Plan. The agreement was reached between research and industry stakeholders as well as those SET-Plan countries that have chosen to take part in the definition of strategic R&I targets for the SET-Plan Action 10 on 'Nuclear'. With this Declaration of Intent, interested parties agree to act in a coordinated way and to address all relevant issues in order to attain the agreed targets.
R&I actions to be carried out in order to reach the fission-related targets are expected to be supported primarily through national programmes of interested Member States and by industry. It should be recalled that financial support (if any) via the Euratom Research and Training Programme will continue to be restricted to research addressing safety, waste management, radiation protection as well as education and training, in accordance with the underlying legal framework
While EU countries are free to decide their energy mix, the Energy Union Framework Strategy underlines that EU countries wishing to use nuclear energy in their energy mix have to apply the highest standards of safety, security, waste management and non-proliferation as well as diversify their nuclear fuel supplies.
The Declaration of Intent for Action 10 of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) sets out ideas for how to proceed for those Member States (and only those) that have chosen to use nuclear as part of their energy mix. The document does not have any legal status; its implementation is completely voluntary.
This declaration will stay within the mandate provided by the Energy Union Framework Strategy and the SET Plan Communication of September 2015.
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