World Nuclear Association Urges Nuclear Power to be  Represented at COP26

In an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León stated that nuclear energy must be given a fair representation during the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, which will be placed in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. 

The World Nuclear Association is profoundly worried by the news that all nuclear energy applications for the upcoming COP26 conference’s Green Zone have been rejected. The organization hopes that this does not represent how nuclear power will be viewed at COP26 in general. 

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s flagship study, released on August 12th, reaffirmed the critical role that nuclear energy can play in effectively combating climate change while also developing a more resilient society. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Energy Agency, the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the MIT Energy Initiative have all concluded that nuclear energy is a critical component in any realistic transition to a low-carbon future that is also cost-efficient. 

Indeed, the IPCC’s “middle-of-the-road” scenario, which assumes current social, economic, and technical trends, as well as no forced changes in food or travel habits, predicts a six-fold rise in nuclear energy consumption by 2050. 

With only a few months to the start of COP26, the IPCC’s publication from last week is depressing reading. The scientific community has made it plain that we need to make a significant adjustment to avoid the very serious dangers of climate change. 

Because of the magnitude and urgency of the situation, we must make the most of every instrument at our disposal. Nuclear energy, as the world’s greatest single source of low-carbon electricity in industrialized countries, is ready to decarbonize the global economy alongside all other low-carbon technologies. 

COP26 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rewrite humanity’s destiny, and if we work together, we can expedite global action on climate change. However, this will necessitate a huge rise in ambition and political bravery. 

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