The ongoing global climate talks expected to culminate with an agreement at COP21 in Paris in December 2015 prompted nuclear societies from all over the world to launch an initiative called Nuclear for Climate. The goal of this initiative is to fuel the debate about how to fight climate change and highlight the essential contribution of nuclear energy.
Important studies demonstrated that nuclear energy must be part of the solution to meet increasing electricity demand while reducing greenhouse gases:
Nuclear power provides 11% of global electricity production, 27% of Europe's electricity and 53% of its carbon-free electricity. According to the latest World Energy Outlook published by the IEA, it has already avoided the release of around 56 Gt of CO2 since 1971, which is equivalent to two years of emissions at current rates. By 2040, it is foreseen to have avoided the release of almost four years of CO2 emissions at current rates.
Nuclear for Climate aims to raise awareness among decision-makers and the general public of the undeniable climate change benefits of nuclear.