The World Nuclear Association (WNA) said Nov. 30 that a major international expansion of atomic power is needed to support the type of carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions being discussed during international climate talks in Paris.
“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,” WNA Director General Agneta Rising said in a news release.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, is being held through Dec. 21.
“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,” Rising said.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that emissions from the electricity generation sector should fall by 80% by 2050 to prevent a greater than two degrees Celsius rise in average global temperatures. While this seems challenging, electricity generation is one sector where a low carbon path has been proven with technology available today, WNA said.
Countries such as Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden and France have achieved low carbon electricity supplies through combinations of generation from nuclear energy and renewables, the nuclear group said.
The World Nuclear Association is the industry organization that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy.