French nuclear industry: key figures.



50 years of expertise

For more than 50 years, the French nuclear industry has been developing valuable expertise in nuclear power generation, fuel cycle management and the manufacture of specific equipment. An expertise recognized worldwide.

  • 56 nuclear reactors in France
  • 120 reactors of French technology throughout the world
  • Services on nearly 250 reactors
  • Over 50 years of experienced feedback
  • Essential

    Providing low-cost, low-carbon energy

    The French nuclear industry is in a position to meet today's energy challenges: while electricity needs will double between now and 2050, CO2 emissions must be halved to slow the phenomenon of global warming. The nuclear industry is the only one capable of providing electricity that is always available, at low cost and with a low- carbon footprint.

  • 70% of electricity in France comes from nuclear power
  • 12 g CO2/kWh, one of the lowest CO2 emitting energy sources
  • Those in France pay 70% less for electricity than in Germany, a country whose electricity is not of nuclear origin
  • Dynamic

    An industry rich in its companies and employees

    The French nuclear industry accounts for 6.7% of French industrial employment. With its 220,000 employees and 3,200 companies, 85% of which are small and medium-sized businesses, it plays a major role in the dynamism of French industry and contributes, through its locations throughout the country, to the development of local economy.

  • Over 220.000 employees
  • Over 3000 companies
  • 47.5 billion euros in revenues
  • 85% of VSEs SMEs
  • Change

    An industry in transformation

    Under the leadership of GIFEN, the French nuclear industry is undergoing a transformation. In January 2019, it made a commitment to the French government by signing, through the Strategic Committee for the Nuclear Sector, a sector contract for the implementation of an action plan along four lines:

    • Maintaining skills and training
    • Continuing the digital transformation of the sector
    • Research and innovation at the service of the circular economy
    • Development on the international market

    Beyond these strategic axes, GIFEN also works to ensure the sustainability of the industry's activities in France, and acts as a voice in France and throughout Europe. Finally, it ensures that companies work together in terms of nuclear quality and safety.

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