Macron at COP28: ‘Nuclear energy is back’

(EurActiv, 4 Dec 2023) France and around twenty other countries signed a pledge to ‘triple nuclear energy capacity from 2020 by 2050’ at Dubai’s COP28 international gathering on Saturday.

This declaration, which is not legally binding, recognises “the key role of nuclear energy in achieving global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions/carbon neutrality by or around mid-century”, in line with the Paris Accord.

A total of 22 countries signed the pledge, including the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

The International Paris Accord, adopted in 2015, commits all 196 signatory countries to keep the rise in temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 and do everything possible to keep it below 1.5 degrees.

“[A]nalysis from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] shows nuclear energy approximately tripling its global installed electrical capacity from 2020 to 2050 in the average 1.5°C scenario,” the declaration reads.

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