Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nuclear New-Build Not Fast Enough to Curb Global Warming:  Report

Two cooling towers and pressurized water reactors of the nuclear power plant of French supplier Electricite de France (EDF) are pictured in Cattenom, eastern France, January 27, 2016. (Credit: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay) Click to Enlarge.
Nuclear reactors are not being built rapidly enough around the world to meet targets on curbing global warming, a report by the World Nuclear Association, an industry body, said on Tuesday.

The association, which represents the global nuclear industry, says 1,000 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity needs to be added by 2050 so nuclear can supply around 25 percent of global electricity.

Last year, more nuclear reactors were under construction and came online than at any other time in the past 25 years and building times have improved.

However, the rate of new grid connections will have to increase significantly to provide enough clean energy to meet globally agreed climate change targets.

In December last year countries agreed to limit the global average temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts toward a 1.5 degree limit.

However, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and a 2 degree limit would require the almost total decarbonization of the world's energy supply.

"The rate of (nuclear) new build is insufficient if the world is to meet the targets for reducing the impacts of global warming...," the report said.

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