This new Sustainable Nuclear Assessment Report was prepared for the European Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, as well as for the international investment and financing community, to help them fairly and robustly evaluate the overall sustainability of nuclear energy as an investment. Our central finding is that nuclear energy is a sustainable energy investment.
For the second summer in a row, some nuclear power plants in Europe have been forced to temporarily shut down or reduce power output due to extreme heat waves. Some have suggested that this curtailment demonstrates that nuclear energy is ill-adapted to a warming climate.
The lack of further lifetime extensions of existing nuclear plants and new projects could result in an additional 4 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The UK Government should consider investing up to GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) between 2021 and 2025 to boost the progress of innovation in the nuclear energy sector.
Global nuclear power has prevented an average of 1.84million air pollution-related deaths and 64 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions that would have resulted from burning fossil fuels.
If we are to succeed in keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees, we need to quickly replace our fossil energy sources with solar, wind, water and nuclear power.
This discussion with Ms. Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder and Global Director, Energy for Humanity focused on deep decarbonization and the intersection of environmentalism and nuclear technology