Nuclear Power Already Generates 10% of Global Electricity

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a division of the UN, issued a report ahead of COP26 on a role for nuclear power in achieving net-zero carbon emissions. Here is a peek at some of the data presented in the report:

Nuclear Power Already Generates 10% of Global Electricity   ©The Earth & I
  • “Over the past five decades, nuclear power has cumulatively avoided the emission of about 70 gigatons (Gt) of carbon dioxide (CO2),” stated IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

  • Nuclear power “continues to avoid the emission of more than 1 Gt CO2 annually,” he added.

  • Replacing 20% of coal generation with 250 GW of nuclear generation would reduce emissions by 2 Gt CO2 per year.

  • That would reduce about 15% of electricity sector emissions per year.

  • Nuclear power accounts for 10% of global electricity generation.

  • Production of nuclear power provides over 800,000 jobs.

  • Nuclear power generates 70% of Poland’s electricity and creates 200,000 jobs. Poland plans to build more plants.

  • Production losses from weather-related outages at nuclear power plants have declined over the past 10 years.

– Source: International Atomic Energy Agency


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