Nuclear Power And The Paris Agreement

Gabbard is no longer a candidate for the presidency. „Yes, I am in favour of abolishing all public subsidies for fossil fuels. I don`t believe in the well-being of the state for rich and powerful multinationals, which represent the worst of capitalism,“ Gabbard told The Post newspaper. The American people should not pay the price for an industry that destroys our environment and our quality of life. Agneta Rising, Executive Director of the World Nuclear Association, said: „We welcome the deviations governments have received and the nuclear industry is ready to contribute to the achievement of the paris Agreement goals. This agreement should lead to a more positive outlook for nuclear investment, as nuclear energy is an important part of the response to climate change in countries around the world. What governments need to do now is turn the comprehensive agreement they reached in Paris into national policies, including a gradual decarbonisation of the electricity generation sector. We have proposed that by 2050, 1000 GWe new nuclear power plants be built as part of a balanced low-carbon energy mix. To achieve this, we need to see the introduction of energy markets into a fair market, which recognizes the value of low-carbon and reliable production. We need the introduction of internationally harmonized nuclear regulation processes. We must also ensure that the measures do not lead to the early closure of clean nuclear power plants and their replacement with more polluting alternatives. Ongoing investments are also needed to develop the next generation of nuclear technology, as well as a clear and accessible way to use it. Prior to COP21, 188 nations had presented their individual plans to combat climate change, including the extent to which they wanted to reduce their emissions. These planned national contributions (INDCs) set out a wide range of objectives, ranging from ambitious reductions by 2030 to a near doubling of emissions by 2030, depending on national specificities. Together, NDCs, if met, will result in an increase in global temperature above the pre-industrial level of 2.7 degrees Celsius, which is considered insufficient restriction.

National targets are not binding, there are no defined sanctions for non-compliance and they must be reviewed anyway, as well as the five annual revisions that will review good intentions. The WNA explained that the „flexible“ approach described allowed nuclear energy to play an increased role in decarbonizing electricity.