Taking Up Tomorrow’s Energy Challenges

Earth at Night, © NASA/NOAA

Our mission: Helping decision-makers from all over the world address tomorrow’s energy challenges.

 

Ensuring the electricity supply for the planet and its 9.7 billion inhabitants (2050 UN estimate) is the biggest challenge we will have to face in the next decades. All over the world, people rightfully look forward to having continued access to energy.

According to the IEA’s report Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System: “A range of technologies, including nuclear power, will be needed for clean energy transitions around the world. Global energy is increasingly based around electricity. That means the key to making energy systems clean is to turn the electricity sector from the largest producer of CO2 emissions into a low-carbon source that reduces fossil fuel emissions in areas like transport, heating and industry. While renewables are expected to continue to lead, nuclear power can also play an important part along with fossil fuels using carbon capture, utilisation and storage. Countries envisaging a future role for nuclear account for the bulk of global energy demand and COemissions. But to achieve a trajectory consistent with sustainability targets – including international climate goals – the expansion of clean electricity would need to be three times faster than at present. It would require 85% of global electricity to come from clean sources by 2040, compared with just 36% today. Along with massive investments in efficiency and renewables, the trajectory would need an 80% increase in global nuclear power production by 2040.”(*)

In order to tackle tomorrow’s energy challenges, the world’s first obligation is to educate and train its nuclear workforce.

(*) Source: INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY, Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System (May 2019)