Nuclear energy, climate change and COP27

The COP27 climate change conference takes place at the Sharm el Sheikh International Congress Center from 6-18 November. 

This section outlines how nuclear energy is helping reduce emissions today, and how it can contribute to a sustainable net zero emissions future.

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Nuclear energy’s contribution to climate change mitigation

8 November 2022
12:00 EGY | 10:00 GMT

#ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion and online

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Financing new nuclear build

9 November 2022
17:30 EGY | 15:30 GMT

#ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion and online

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Interplay of Low Carbon Energy Systems

10 November 2022
18:30 EGY | 16:30 GMT

Room Khulfu and online

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Decarbonization beyond electricity

11 November 2022
15:00 EGY | 13:00 GMT

#ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion and online

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Policy measures to promote a clean energy future

11 November 2022
16:30 EGY | 14:30 GMT

#ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion and online 

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Delivering employment and a just transition, how nuclear energy can make a contribution

11 November 2022
18:00 EGY | 16:00 GMT

#ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion and online

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Reports and interviews

Updates and discussions from COP27

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Interview: Urenco, Net Zero and Sustainability

Urenco's Rob Little, Head Of Sustainability, and Chris Pye, Net Zero Programme Manager interviewed at COP27

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COP 27: Report Thursday 17 November 2022

Sama Bilbao y Leon looks back at what COP27 has achieved as it draws to a close.

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COP27 Report: Monday 14 November 2022

World Nuclear Association's Director General, Sama Bilbao y Leon reviews the first week at COP27 and looks forward to events in week 2.

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COP27 Report: Saturday 12 November 2022

On Agriculture Day, Henry Preston finds out how nuclear technology can help improve the sustainability and productivity of agriculture and therefore reduce carbon emissions.

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Highlights: Decarbonization beyond electricity

Key points from the discussion on how nuclear technologies can decarbonize sections beyojnd electricity, with Kirsty Gogan,TerraPraxis, Edward Stones, Dow and Alice Cunha da Silva at the #ATOMS4CLIMATE at COP27.

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COP27 Report: Wednesday 9 November 2022

Henry Preston reflects on events held at #ATOMS4CLIMATE on Youth and Science Day at COP27, He also discused the young nuclear volunteers here in Sharm El-Sheikh, nuclear techniques for securing water supplies and the UNFCCC sidebar on the interplay between different low carbon technologies. 

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World Nuclear News articles

The latest coverage of nuclear energy and climate change news.

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WNN: Nuclear plants could safely operate for 100 years, suggests Grossi (9 November 2022)

As the nuclear sector takes its place at the COP27 gathering, the International Atomic Energy Agency's director general says that Long Term Operation (extending the lifetime of existing nuclear plants) is the "unsung hero of the fight against global warming".

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Closing nuclear in Germany while increasing coal 'a mistake', says Greta Thunberg (12 October 2022)

Environmentalist Greta Thunberg said in an interview with German journalist Sandra Maischberger that she thinks it is a bad idea to close down existing nuclear power plants while increasing coal generation.

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WNN: Grid connection for third Barakah unit (10 October 2022)

​Barakah unit 3 is now supplying its first electricity to the UAE's grid. Barakah, the country's first nuclear power plant, is a key component of the UAE's Net Zero 2050 Strategy.

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WNN: IEA sees growth in nuclear as world responds to energy crisis (27 October 2022)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects more than a doubling of nuclear generation by 2050, with at least 30 countries increasing their use of nuclear power, in the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 scenario of its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO).

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WNN: British, French leaders in support of Sizewell C (7 October 2022)

The UK's Prime Minister Liz Truss and France's President Emmanuel Macron have both expressed their support for the construction of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England, a final decision on which is expected in the coming weeks.

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WNN: US initiative aims to help find best decarbonisation fit (6 October 2022)

A tool provided by a new multi-disciplinary initiative led by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) aims to support communities and economies looking to transition to carbon-free energy in making informed energy choices that are right for their time, place and community.

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Key publications from expert organizations

Find out more about what other organizations are saying about nuclear energy.

IEA Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions

From Today’s Challenges to Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Systems

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UNECE Nuclear Power Technology Brief

The UNECE nuclear power technology brief highlights the need for nations who use nuclear power to work together beyond borders.

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Further information

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How can nuclear combat climate change?

To limit the impacts of climate change, the world must rapidly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is low-carbon and can supply the world with clean, reliable, and affordable electricity. 

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Climate Change - The Science

Atmospheric concentrations of some of the gases that produce the greenhouse effect are increasing due to human activity and the vast majority of the world's climate scientists believe this causes global warming and resulting climate change.

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Policy Responses to Climate Change

Climate change is a worldwide problem and policy responses have accordingly had an international basis; the principal focus has been on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Nuclear and the Sustainable Development Goals

Find out how nuclear technologies can contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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World Nuclear Performance Report 2022

The World Nuclear Performance Report, released in July 2022, provides construction, generation and CO2 avoidance analysis.

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The Silent Giant: the need for nuclear in a clean energy system

In a world centred on short-term fixes, many of the traits that make nuclear energy a key player in the transition to a sustainable world are often taken for granted.

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Statements from World Nuclear Association

This section provides links to statements made by World Nuclear Association, either individually, or in partnership with other organizations on topics related to climate change

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Joint statement: the critical role of nuclear energy within the current geopolitical context (16 Nov 2022)

A joint statement in support of the crucial role that nuclear energy needs to play in reshaping our energy paradigm and policies going forward.

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Response to the IPCC Working Group III AR6 report (4 April 2022)

The IPCC’s report makes it clear that nuclear energy has an important role to play now and in the long-term mitigation of climate change.

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Nuclear industry calls for successful conclusion to COP26 (10 Nov 2021)

World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León has called for more action, not more rhetoric, to come out of the ongoing COP26 climate change conference

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Schedule of Events at COP27

At COP27 in Egypt, we are partnering alongside other industry organisations with the IAEA on the  #ATOMS4CLIMATE pavilion, where we are hosting a series of events.

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