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The growing urgency of reversing global climate change and the need to reduce carbon-emissions from power sources prompted 140 nuclear societies and associations from around the globe to collaborate on the Nuclear for Climate initiative. The goal of this campaign is to educate policymakers and the public about the necessity of including nuclear energy among the carbon-free solutions to climate change.
Studies show that significant reductions in carbon emissions, while also meeting growing energy demands, cannot happen without nuclear as a major provider of zero carbon energy.
As of July 2015, 30 countries are operating 454 nuclear reactors for electricity generation, and 55 new nuclear plants are under construction (source: PRIS IAEA). According to the Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2018, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), nuclear energy has helped to avoid the release of the equivalent of two years of CO2 emissions from carbon-producing energy sources since 1970. It is estimated that at current output levels the release of almost four years of CO2 emissions will be avoided by 2040. Independent studies have assessed nuclear energy’s life-cycle emissions and found them to be comparable to wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric generation. In 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that nuclear power has the lowest life-cycle emissions of any electric generating technology, except for wind energy.
Nuclear for Climate aims to raise awareness of the proven benefits of nuclear in reversing climate change among decision-makers and the general public.
COP24 was December 3-14, 2018, in Katowice, Poland.
On May 4, 2015, 39 nuclear societies, representing 50,000 scientists from 36 countries on five continents, met in Nice, France, to sign a declaration representing their commitment to the fight against climate change. The declaration is a major component of the “Nuclear for Climate” global initiative launched in the summer of 2014 by the French Nuclear Society, the European Nuclear Society, and the American Nuclear Society. The international collaboration’s goal is to achieve recognition that nuclear power is a low-carbon energy that is a necessary part of the solution in fighting climate change.
The agreement was signed by the presidents or representatives from the participating organizations to declare, “…that we need to take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…and that we cannot wait for future technologies to be ready for deployment before launching our decarbonization efforts.” The signers stressed that each country needs access to the widest possible portfolio of low-carbon technologies available, including nuclear energy, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and meet other energy goals.
The following video, narrated by 2014-15 ANS President Dr. Michaele Brady Raap, provides more information about the declaration.
Photos from the declaration signing are available here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5ahnQt
Nuclear For Climate is an initiative of 147 worldwide organizations, working together to communicate factual information to the public that nuclear energy is a safe and sustainable power source that reduces carbon emissions.
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