Nuclear the answer to climate change, says IAEA chief

first_imgRead more about news in the nuclear sector:Russia’s floating nuclear power plant prepares for operationNuclear to remain part of South Africa’s energy strategy, says Mantashe In his keynote address, Zhenmin also raised nuclear safety, which he described as “a significant public concern, especially after the Fukushima accidents and terrorism related fears”. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Radioactive waste and security concerns must be addressed The seminar brought together some 550 participants from 79 countries, and 18 international organisations, to exchange science-based information, and hold objective discussions on the role of nuclear power in mitigating the climate crisis. The IAEA pointed out that nuclear power contributes around one-third of all low carbon electricity, producing practically no greenhouse gases, and some 10% of the total electricity produced worldwide. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy However, the IAEA accepted that there are persistent public concerns about the potential dangers to health and the environment caused by radioactive waste from nuclear plants. Image credit: Stock Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Without significantly increasing the use of nuclear power worldwide, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of reducing harmful emissions and fighting climate change, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Also speaking at the event, Liu Zhenmin, the under-secretary-general for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), echoed Feruta’s remarks, and said that the problem of radioactive waste is an “unresolved issue” that needs to be addressed.center_img Generation Nuclear technology plays an important and positive role in society, added Zhenmin. He outlined some of the benefits, such as monitoring pollution, and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other major diseases, and pointed out that radiation technology helps prevent food from spoiling, and to create new crop varieties, which supports climate change adaptation. Courtesy of UN News Both Feruta and Zhenmin referred to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with providing objective, scientific reports on the changing climate, which has shown that far-reaching changes to the way nations produce energy must occur if we are to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The large up-front costs of nuclear power remain an important issue, continued Zhenmin, and renewable energies, such as solar and wind, are continuing to drop in price, becoming increasingly competitive with conventional, fossil-fuel based sources. Meeting the capital costs of building nuclear plants will require government commitments, and public acceptance. TAGSClimate changeenergy mixnuclear Previous articleNiger to prequalify bidders for a regional interconnection projectNext articleOp-Ed: Embedded energy generation can boost SA’s power supply Pamela Largue RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The role of nuclear power in combatting climate change is the focus of @iaeaorg conference this week in Vienna. Here’s how nuclear energy could be key for #ClimateAction.— United Nations (@UN) October 8, 2019 In its various models for a sustainable energy future, the IPCC has included significant increases in nuclear power generation by 2050, ranging from a 59% increase, to a 501% rise. Nuclear technology’s ‘important role in society Cornel Feruta, the acting director-general of the agency, was speaking in Vienna, at the opening of the first-ever International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power. Responding to this concern, Feruta said there are advances made concerning the disposal of such material may alleviate fears about the long-term sustainability of the energy source. BRICSlast_img

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