IEA World Energy Outlook 2022 Nuclear Electricity

Nuclear Electricity

  • more efforts needed

Nuclear power is an important low-emission source of electricity, providing about 10% of global electricity generation. For those countries where it is accepted, it can complement renewables in cutting power sector emissions while also contributing to electricity security as a dispatchable power source. It is also capable of producing low-emission heat and hydrogen.

More efforts are needed to get nuclear power on track with the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario. Lifetime extensions of existing nuclear power plants are one of the most cost-effective sources of low-emission electricity, but further action is needed to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Additional effort to support innovation in nuclear power, including small modular reactors, will help expand the range of low-emission options and widen the path to net zero power.


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  • Nuclear power has avoided about 66 Gt of CO2 emissions over the past 50 years, concentrated in long-time market leaders
  • Nuclear lifetime extensions are a cost-effective means of strengthening the existing low-emissions foundation
  • Construction of new nuclear power plants needs to recover in the 2020s to align with the Net Zero Scenario
  • New nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors, can bolster the role of nuclear power
  • Development of hydrogen technologies and district heating networks could expand opportunities for nuclear power
  • Nuclear would get a boost from market designs that value dispatchable low-emission capacity and targeted policies
  • Investment in nuclear power needs to triple by 2030 from recent levels and scale up in many markets

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