Saturday, 23 June 2007

Climate chief: "No credible scenario without nuclear"

World Nuclear News is reporting what Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), had to say about nuclear's role in the battle against climate change. Specifically that he had never seen a credible scenario for reducing emissions that did not include nuclear energy.

Some other quotes:

Kurt Yeager, chair of the WEC [World Energy Council] Study Group and President Emeritus of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) said that there was no way the world would combat climate change without "a strong dose of nuclear power." He said that the technologies were available to address issues concerning waste management and proliferation and governments must get on with the job of developing nuclear power so that future generations can make use it.

The WEC Energy and Climate Change report concluded that "all governments should give serious consideration to the potential of nuclear power for reducing greenhouse gas emissions." The study showed that countries that have high proportions of nuclear in their energy systems had greenhouse gas emissions significantly lower than that of comparable nations with less or no nuclear contribution.

The report assessed the contribution of eight technologies for addressing climate change: nuclear energy; renewables; distributed power; energy efficiency; clean coal; combined heat and power; smart electricity control; and carbon capture and storage.
Further information
World Energy Council's Energy and Climate Change report
UNFCCC profile of Yvo de Boer
G8 Summit Heiligendamm: Growth and responsibility in the world economy
WNA's Global Warming - Policy Responses information paper
WNN: G8 reach agreement on climate and energy

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