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.
World Nuclear News regularly reports on events related to climate change, sustainable development and the role of nuclear energy.
Japanese spending on imported fossil fuels soared in the latter part of last year, helping push the country to a trade deficit for the second year in a row. Emissions targets are under revision as most nuclear power plants remain closed.
The most sustainable national power systems in the world combine nuclear with hydro for mass low-carbon generation, a World Energy Council study shows.
An OECD report has highlighted the contribution nuclear already makes to the energy mix as well as how it can fit into future low-carbon networks. The report is aimed at informing the policymaking of the body's member governments.
The carbon intensity of generating capacity owned by the EDF group of companies fell below 100 g/kWh for the first time in 2011, while in France EDF's emission rate dived 25% to 30.4 g/kWh.
Germany's emissions of carbon dioxide edged down by 2.2% last year, even while those from its power sector grew in the wake of post-Fukushima reactor closures. The main effects from the shutdowns have been a cut in exports previously supported by nuclear and the financial impact of this on utilities.
EOn's annual report has made clear some of the impacts, financial and environmental, of Germany's reaction to the Fukushima accident. The utility recorded a €1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) one-off cost for the overnight closure of its Unterweser, Isar 1, Krummel, and Brunsbuttel nuclear power reactors, which also directly resulted in it producing almost 12 billion kWh less than in 2010.
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