World Nuclear Association at COP 21

The COP 21 meeting led to the Paris Agreement, which requires governments to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius, and to aim for 1.5 degrees. 

This page records the activities of the World Nuclear Association at COP 21, included our press statements released at the time.

Nuclear industry stands ready to help tackle climate change

9 December 2015

Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association, speaking at the International New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference in Paris on December 9, said;

"The nuclear industry stands ready to deliver more to help tackle climate change. Nuclear generation could provide 25% of the world's electricity with low carbon generation by having 1000 gigawatts of new build by 2050."

Speaking at the same event Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, said that if governments are serious about nuclear they should find the right frameworks for investors, because of the challenges of large investments in liberalised markets.

The IEA's Two Degree Scenario requires a major shift to low carbon generation by the middle of this century to prevent dangerous climate change. This scenario includes 18% of global electricity being supplied by nuclear energy by 2050, the largest contribution from any low carbon option. To reach this target global nuclear capacity would need to more than double..

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Four leading climatologists call on support for nuclear energy as a climate change mitigation option

At COP 21 four leading climatologists discuss the role of nuclear energy as part of a low carbon mix for electricity generation.

Dr. James Hansen is a professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Dr. Kerry Emanuel is a professor of atmospheric science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tom Wigley is a climate scientist at the University of Adelaide.

Dr. Ken Caldeira is a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and at the Stanford University Department of Earth System . 

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1000 Gigawatts of new nuclear capacity will support an ambitious COP 21 agreement

30 November 2015

The COP 21 negotiations in Paris should reach an agreement that encourages a transition to a low carbon society by making better use of nuclear energy alongside other mitigation options.

To implement the goals of an ambitious COP 21 agreement governments need to develop policies that encourage investment in low carbon generation, especially nuclear energy. We need 1000 GWe of new nuclear capacity by 2050 to combat climate change. This will require effective regulation and markets that value low carbon emissions and reliable supplies.

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