In his first official WA visit, EU ambassador Bruno Julien will argue that nuclear energy offers the EU a way to slash its greenhouse gas emissions while meeting its future energy needs.
“We need more uranium because we are trying to green our energy supplies, to reduce our CO2 emissions, and it’s our view that we can work with WA.”
[WA Premier Alan] Carpenter has long cited environmental reasons for the ban and says WA would come under immense pressure to take nuclear waste if it sold uranium.
But last month he changed his stance, saying he was opposed to uranium mining because WA may need it to meet domestic energy needs in the future.
Mr Julien acknowledged that uranium mining and nuclear energy were as controversial in Europe as they were in Australia.
But he said it had to be considered as a solution to climate change.