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IAEA improves nuclear energy estimates for the first time since Fukushima

20 September 2021

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday improved its estimates of global energy expansion for the first time in 10 years, DPA reports.

The disaster that took place on March 11, 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan put a brake on the development of the nuclear energy sector.

However, in order to eliminate fossil fuels in the fight against climate change, many countries are now considering moving towards nuclear energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Thursday.

According to the most optimistic scenario presented by the IAEA, global nuclear power generation capacity could double to 792 GW in 2050, an increase of 10% compared to last year’s forecasts. According to the IAEA, this will be possible thanks to new technologies in the nuclear energy sector. These include hydrogen production and the use of more advanced reactors, according to Agerpres.

According to a more conservative IAEA scenario, global nuclear production capacity would remain at about the same level as 392 GW.

Last year, about 10% of the world’s electricity was produced in nuclear power plants. According to the IAEA’s optimistic scenario, this share of nuclear energy is expected to increase slightly to around 12% by 2050.

Even though the organization considers nuclear energy as a form of clean energy, Germany and other states have decided to eliminate nuclear energy from their energy mix, given the safety risks and problems posed by nuclear waste disposal.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is an international organization created in 1957 under the auspices of the UN. The IAEA brings together 171 states and plays a central role in the fight against nuclear proliferation, ensuring that member states of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty live up to their commitments.



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