According to the International Energy Agency, nuclear energy has
already avoided the release of around 56 Gt of CO2 since 1971.
At least 80% of the world’s electricity must be low-carbon by 2050 to keep the world within 2°C of warming, according to the IPCC. This is a massive global challenge that requires the use of all available low-carbon energy technologies.
We need to take immediate steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is low-carbon, available and competitive in the timeframe required.
Countries should be free to choose from the full portfolio of energy technologies to reduce CO2 and meet other energy objectives.
Nuclear for Climate is an initiative that brings together nuclear societies & associations from all over the world (China, US, European Union, Belgium, United Kingdom, Japan and France), all committed to fight climate change.
The Nuclear for Climate position paper sets out the case that:
Nuclear for Climate therefore calls on negotiators involved in the Paris climate talks to ensure that the right of countries to choose nuclear energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while meeting their energy and development objectives is not prejudiced against in any way by the new UNFCCC protocols, specifically with regards to access to climate funding mechanisms such as Green Climate Funds.
Thirty nine nuclear societies, representing scientists, engineers, and professionals from around the world, have signed a declaration stating their conviction that the world needs to take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and supporting nuclear energy as a key part of the solution in the fight against climate change.
To follow Nuclear for Climate's news and watch the testimonies
of those who are committed to the fight against climate change,
Nuclear energy is a vital component of
a clean energy strategy. Currently nuclear generation avoids the
emission of over two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each
Nuclear energy can address the competing needs for greenhouse
gas emissions reduction, economic development and energy security.
A wider deployment of nuclear power will reduce the cost of
achieving emissions reductions, and increase the chances of meeting
our climate change objectives. Nuclear is recognized as a crucial
mitigation technology and many countries are planning to use
nuclear generation to meet their emission reduction and energy supply objectives.
In depth overviews of key issues relating to nuclear energy and climate change.
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