The nuclear industry, an asset for the country

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

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    CO2 emissions avoided per year in France*

Thanks to its production of carbon-free electricity, EDF’s nuclear fleet strongly contributes to ensuring a sustainable energy transition towards France's Net-Zero objective in 2050, while enhancing the country’s energy independence. France’s nuclear industry contributes to the country’s economic growth with more than 220,000 jobs in over 3000 companies of all sizes. The nuclear industry represents the third largest industrial sector in France.

Nuclear power: a major contribution to decarbonised electricity generation

With 50,000 people employed in nuclear field alone, EDF has developed a nuclear fleet that provides 88% of France’s electricity needs.

On February 10, 2022 the president of France announced the launch of a new nuclear construction programme consisting of at least 6 new EPR reactors with an option for 8 additional reactors. 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 build new nuclear reactors.