The Deployment Strategy documents aims to:
- Identify the key actions necessary to implement the Strategic Research Agenda.
- Overcome the technical and non-technical barriers.
- Communicate to decision-makers and the general public on its benefits and impact.
Ten key objectives were identified to allow the Long-Term Operation (LTO) of the current fleet (Gen II), to support the deployment of the new technology (Gen III), to prepare the next generation (Gen IV) and to develop non-electric applications of nuclear energy, thereby signficantly reducing CO2 emissions.
- Nuclear energy is crucial to achieve the goals stated in the EU’s “Energy Policy for Europe”.
- Europe needs to keep its current reactor fleet operating with high levels of safety and competitiveness.
- Development must be maintained to continuously improve the conpetitiveness and safety margins of the new designs of LWR (GenIII).
- To ensure the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy, Gen IV Fast Neutron Reactors should be available for deployment by 2040 or even earlier. Therefore an ambitious yet realistic R&D and demonstration programme is to be put in place.
- Speeding up the development of the Fast Neutron Reactor: a European Industrial Initiative – The DS group recommends to speed up the development of Gen IV reactors through the framework of the European Industrial Initiative on Fast Neutron Reactors.
- As non-electric energy consumption, presently widely addressed by fossil fuel burning, is responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions, SNETP also places a high priority on a rapid development of non-electric applications of nuclear energy for reducing CO2 emissions, in line with the SET-Plan target.
- The European Industrial Initiatives need co-investment from private and public sources.
- To preserve its technological and industrial leadership the European nuclear sector must increase the level of cooperation and reduce fragmentation of efforts.
- Improve nuclear fission coordination at EU level.
- In the longer term, the SNETP aims to play a leading role in coordinating and implementing research, development and demonstration initiatives, in coordination with EU institutions and Member States willing to engage in the further develoment of fission energy, as well as with non-EU countries on a mutual benefit approach.
The first DS was released in 2010 and an update was published in December 2015, under the coordination of Mrs Marylise Caron-Charles (Areva).