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:
“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