Nuclear power is making a strong comeback around the world, IEA data shows

The Director General of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, believes that nuclear power is recording “a strong comeback” worldwide, reports DPA.

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Nuclear energy has become increasingly important in the world

These developments are seen in France, Asia, North America, the Middle East and other areas, Birol told DPA, before the IEA meeting on Tuesday in Paris. “After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, many countries understood the importance of nuclear energy, along with renewables, local electricity generation“, explained the head of the IEA.

He was critical of Germany, which gave up nuclear energy last year.

If I were the representative of a government in a country where there was technology that worked flawlessly, without any other problems, to leave nuclear energy aside and analyze options that, on the one hand, increase my dependence on other countries and also lead to increased emissions m -I would have thought twice“, said Birol.

The Belgian government had a similar policy before the invasion, then changed it radically, the head of the IEA emphasized. He admitted that the problem of nuclear waste is serious, but argued that it can be solved and is not a reason “to set this technology aside”.

In December last year, COP28 called for tripling global nuclear power generation capacity by 2050 compared to 2020, with the aim of reducing dependence on coal and gas.

This after the transition of nuclear energy into the taxonomy and its placement as a transition fuel in 2022 was hardly accepted at the EU level“, states Dumitru Chisăliță, president of the Intelligent Energy Association (AEI).

According to him, the dispute over how to deal with nuclear power in the EU, about how Europe intends to move towards cleaner energy, has been cut in favor of developing nuclear power generation capacities in the future. “Fortunately, the engineering concepts managed to dethrone the opinions of politicians and prevent future critical situations, but also to come up with security solutions on how the EU secures its energy sources as it wants to move away from Russian gas, and how the EU industry can have affordable energy prices to compete with the US and China“, says the energy expert.

The International Energy Agency is the main advisory body on energy issues of the 29 most developed countries. The agency was established in response to the first oil shock of 1973-1974, to coordinate the release of oil from reserve stocks.

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