Nuclear for Climate

  • Nuclear is part of the solution for fighting climate change

  • Nuclear for CLimate

    Nuclear for Climate is an initiative launched by members of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN), the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the European Nuclear Society (ENS). It now brings together nuclear professionals and scientists from all parts of the globe, through the representation of 140 regional and national nuclear associations and technical societies.

    The Nuclear for Climate stakeholder recognize the conclusions of Working Group I of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which states that human activity and greenhouse gas emissions are—with 95 percent certainty—the dominant cause of current climate change. These findings are the result of the collective work of experts from 40 countries who analyzed and assessed 9,200 scientific publications, according to the principle of "peer review."

    Nuclear for Climate stakeholder urge negotiators at the Paris COP21 Conference to come up with an achievable agreement that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to levels which will limit the rise in the average temperature of the planet to no more than 2°C.

    The global challenge is immense: by 2050, according to the IPCC, 80 percent of global electricity will need to be produced with low-carbon technology (compared with 30 percent today) in order to contain climate change. During the same period, global demand for electricity should double to meet the basic needs of humanity in terms of population growth and development goals. Also, low-carbon electricity is expected to play a major role in decarbonizing other sectors. This challenge requires the use of all low-carbon energy technologies: renewables, nuclear, and fossil fuels with carbon capture and sequestration, and underscores the need for large-scale low- or no-carbon electric generation options. The IPCC recognizes that “The life cycle greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour from nuclear power plants are two orders of magnitude lower than those of fossil-fueled electricity generation and comparable to most renewables”.

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