World Energy Congress:  World Nuclear Association Director General to speak on how to deliver on the Paris Agreement

The ratification of the Paris Agreement commits governments to making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change. This can only happen if we use all sources of low-carbon electricity, including nuclear energy, according to Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association, who will be speaking at the World Energy Congress in Turkey on Monday, 10 October.

Agneta Rising will emphasize that energy issues are at the core of environment and development challenges. Providing enough electricity for everybody to live well will be a huge challenge for the 21st century, but this must be done with energy sources that will not harm the environment.

The global nuclear industry members of the World Nuclear Association have said that we should expand the use of nuclear energy to supply 25% of the world’s electricity by building 1,000 GWe of new nuclear power plants by 2050. Nuclear energy would form part of a diverse mix of low-carbon generating technologies.

At the WEC conference Rising will state the three key challenges that need to be met for nuclear energy to be able to reach its full potential:

  • A level playing field in electricity markets that gives equal recognition to the reliable, low carbon nature of nuclear generation.  Markets should value not only levelized costs, but also system reliability and environmental benefits.
  • Harmonized regulatory processes to improve cooperation between regulators. This will allow more efficient licensing of current and new technology.
  • An effective safety paradigm, where the excellent record of nuclear generation is put in full context with those of other forms of generation. This should increase genuine public wellbeing by reducing emissions from polluting sources, and ensuring high nuclear safety standards are met.

Rising will say that the nuclear industry must lead the way in meeting these three challenges.


Agneta Rising will be speaking in the session “Tomorrow’s nuclear & today’s realities” at 11:45, Monday 10 October, at the 23rd World Energy Congress, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The World Nuclear Association is the industry organisation that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy among key international influencers by producing authoritative information, developing common industry positions, and contributing to the energy debate, as well as to pave the way for expanding nuclear business.

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