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World energy needs and nuclear power – WNA

London, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The World Nuclear Association (WNA) on Friday considered that nuclear energy could go from covering 10% of the world's current electricity needs to nearly a third in 25 years.

Such forecasts come in response to the fact that 20 countries signed a commitment at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to triple their nuclear energy capacity by 2050.

The decision, taken mostly by countries in Europe and North America, recognizes that the world will not reach the goal of zero emissions without building more nuclear power plants, and the Nuclear Association described the decision as highly significant.

Countries will take a number of measures, including extending life of existing nuclear reactors by up to 80 years, as well as building new large-scale and small advanced modular reactors.

According to experts, tripling nuclear capacity is no an easy task, so it will require governments to speed up the approval of new plants, as well as huge financial commitments, so many nuclear energy analysts are skeptical about the feasibility of the plan.

According to other specialists, the role of this energy source is vital, as a backup for renewables such as wind and solar when these are not available.

In 2022, the European Union (EU) described nuclear energy as green and clean, a major boost for the renewal of the sector, despite the lack of a permanent site for the safe storage of radioactive waste.

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