COP21 side-events: Why the Climate Needs Nuclear Energy

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Thursday, 10 December, 13:15‑14:45 and Friday, 11 December 2015, 11:15‑12:45, OECD Workspace, Blue Zone*, COP21 (Hall 3, Plot 7, next to OIF-IFDD and Germany)

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) look forward to welcoming you at their COP21 side-events.

The world is currently not on track to limit the rise in global mean temperatures to 2°C. In order to prevent rising above this critical climate change threshold, the global power sector, which currently emits 40% of global carbon emissions, will need to be virtually decarbonised by 2050. A mix of technologies including nuclear, carbon capture and storage and renewables will be needed to achieve this decarbonisation.

Nuclear energy currently produces 11% of global electricity, the second‑largest source of low‑carbon power after hydro. In its 2°C scenario, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that the share of nuclear energy in global electricity production would need to rise from 11% in 2014 to 17% in 2050; installed capacity would need to rise from 396 GW to 930 GW over the same time frame.

Nuclear power saves each year almost 2 Gt of CO2 emissions and avoided more than 60 Gt of CO2 emissions over the 1970-2015 period. Nuclear energy is the only large‑scale source of low-carbon electricity that is both dispatchable and scalable. In addition, its contribution to sustainable economic, social and environmental development goes beyond reducing carbon emissions. The reliable, round‑the‑clock provision of electricity at predictable costs, the absence of local pollutant emissions, solid performance in terms of security of supply and the creation of qualified long‑term employment contributing to regional economic cohesion add to nuclear energy's advantages in a sustainable development perspective.

The NEA/IAEA side-events at COP21 offer an opportunity to learn more about the contribution of nuclear energy to emissions abatement and sustainable development, and to pose your questions to the experts present. 

Programme for Thursday, 10 December 2015
13:15-13:20 Welcome by Jaejoo Ha, NEA, and David Shropshire, IAEA
13:20-13:40 Jan Horst Keppler, NEA and Henri Paillere, NEA, "Nuclear Energy: Combating Climate Change"
13:40-13:55 Loreta Stankeviciute, IAEA, "Expanding the Scope: Nuclear Power in a Sustainable Development Perspective"
13:55-14:10 Henri Paillere, NEA and Loreta Stankeviciute, IAEA, "What should we be preparing for? Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the energy sector"
14:10-14:30 Kirsty Gogan, Director, Energy for Humanity
14:30-14:45 Questions and Answers, Exchange with the Public
Programme for Friday, 11 December 2015
11:15-11:20 Welcome by Jaejoo Ha, NEA, and David Shropshire, IAEA
11:20-11:40   Jan Horst Keppler, NEA and Henri Paillere, NEA, "Nuclear Energy: Combating Climate Change"
11:40-11:55   Loreta Stankeviciute, IAEA, "Expanding the Scope: Nuclear Power in a Sustainable Development Perspective"
11:55-12:10 David Shropshire, IAEA and Geoffrey Rothwell, NEA, "Macroeconomic impacts of nuclear power"
12:10-12:30 Kirsty Gogan, Director, Energy for Humanity
12:30-12:45 Questions and Answers, Exchange with the Public

You will find us here: OECD Workspace, Blue Zone*, COP21 (Hall 3, Plot 7, next to OIF-IFDD and Germany)

Note: This invitation is for the NEA/IAEA side-events only on a space-available basis and does not include entrance to COP21 or the COP21 Blue Zone. Participants are responsible for ensuring their own access and accreditation as needed.

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Related links:

Nuclear Energy: Combating Climate Change
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
COP21 website


Last reviewed: 12 January 2016