President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced that 20 countries have launched the 'Declaration to Triple Nuclear Energy by 2050' at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28).
Leaders from around the world came together on 2 December in Dubai to make the joint declaration which refers to Nuclear Energy Agency analysis which shows that a scenario where nuclear energy capacity is tripled by 2050 provides a feasible path to meet net zero.
Nuclear Energy Agency Director-General William D. Magwood, IV commented on the joint declaration:
“I am pleased to see this declaration from the leaders of 20 countries committing to work together to advance a global aspirational goal to triple nuclear energy capacity by 2050. Nuclear Energy Agency analysis shows that tripling nuclear energy capacity by 2050 provides the world with a realistic and practical path to meet net zero carbon emissions goals. We have the research to tell us what needs to be done, and now is the time for action.
The task ahead is not an easy one, but I am optimistic, as this declaration demonstrates a collective recognition of what is required. Those countries that choose this option will need to work in concert to address issues such as affordable financing, enhanced supply chains and the need for a skilled workforce if success is to be in reach. We look forward to working with our members and partners to help them reach this goal.”