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Canadian Nuclear Association urges IPCC to recognize role of nuclear energy in climate mitigation


Ottawa – The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets this week in Montreal. If mitigation pathways are to be on target, keeping a global temperature rise limited to 1.5 degrees while simultaneously staying on course to meet the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community must continue to promote and invest in low-carbon technologies, including nuclear.

Nuclear science and technology meets nine of the 17 SDGs, providing affordable and clean energy, good health, clean water and action on climate.

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) urges the IPCC to examine and include the proven contributions of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change; to recognize the solutions that nuclear technologies provide today to the avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs); to support the role nuclear plays in enabling intermittent renewable options; and to highlight the potential role it offers to the world in generating large quantities of clean energy to meet the COP21 climate targets.

As for Canada’s nuclear industry, it has made significant contributions to achieving both climate goals and sustainable development.  Thanks to Canadian CANDU technology, our nuclear reactor fleet provides clean, affordable and low-carbon energy, powering approximately 60% of Ontario’s electricity needs and one-third of New Brunswick’s.

Partnering with other counties, our nuclear industry can help contribute to affordable and clean energy around the world, including countries such as Argentina, China, South Korea, Romania and India. Our global contributions include clean reactor fuel through our uranium mining operations. Cameco Corporation, is a leading socially and environmentally responsible mining company, supplying clean energy for nuclear reactors around the world for decades.

The industry’s investments in innovative nuclear technology include Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) which will have the capacity to provide a clean source of energy to remote communities, resource extraction sites and provincial electricity grids.

Over 60 years of safe and successful nuclear technology application has given Canada an advantage on the world stage:  Canada’s Nuclear Advantage.

For more information, visit www.cna.ca.