The International Energy Agency (IEA), whose mandate is to examine the full spectrum of energy issues and advocate policies that will enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy for its 31 member countries, released this very comprehensive report on Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions in June 2022. In they look at how nuclear energy could help address two major crises – energy and climate – facing the world today.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the disruptions in global energy supplies that it has fuelled have made governments rethink their energy security strategies, putting a stronger focus on developing more diverse and domestically based supplies. For multiple governments, nuclear energy is among the options for achieving this. At the same time, many governments have in recent years stepped up their ambitions and commitments to reach net zero emissions.
Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions expands upon the IEA’s landmark 2021 report, Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector. It does so by exploring in depth nuclear power’s potential role as a source of low emissions electricity that is available on demand to complement the leading role of renewables such as wind and solar in the transition to electricity systems with net zero emissions.