France and Britain signed two energy partnership agreements on Friday, emphasizing nuclear power as a safe source of low-carbon energy.
The agreements were announced at a bilateral summit in Paris on energy, defense and migration.
“France and the United Kingdom are working together so that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin can never again harm our energy security,” British prime minister Rishi Sunak said at a press conference in Paris.
“We are creating a future where every watt of energy that powers our homes and industry comes from safe, sustainable and reliable sources.”
French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped the British could share their know – how in offshore wind energy-a technology that France has struggled to scale up.
Under the first of the two agreements, France will consider the construction of electricity interconnectors with its neighbour in order to increase cross-border energy flows.
Both countries will also work together on clean energy technology, such as hydrogen and carbon capture.
A second nuclear agreement establishes a working group on nuclear innovation and safety, under which both countries will build nuclear power plants, both full and small modular reactors. Reducing Russia’s dependence on civilian nuclear goods was also cited as a priority.
“We have a common ambition, and that is to abandon fossil fuels,” Macron said.
French utility EDF is already building a nuclear power plant in Britain, Sizewell C, with a second project in the pipeline, Hinkley Point C.