International Energy Agency: Nuclear Power Will Be Needed to Meet Climate Goals
The Paris -based agency said Tuesday that "lack of further lifetime extensions of existing nuclear plants and new projects could result in an additional 4 billion tons of CO2 emissions."
Many environmental campaigners are opposed to the use of nuclear power because of the risks from power station accidents and the cost of safely disposing of spent nuclear fuel.
The IEA said advanced economies are expected to lose 25% of their nuclear capacity by 2025 and up to two thirds by 2040. It said a "drastic increase" in wind and solar energy would be needed to counter the shortfall.