Climate emergency: a nuclear solution

Nuclear power is key to ensuring a sustainable way of living for future generations and must not be dismissed by leaders, argues Professor Brian Scott-Quinn (Director of Banking Programmes).

Government ministers from Germany and four other EU countries recently wrote to the European Commission to argue against the EU Technical Assessment of nuclear power generation. The assessment was with respect to the 'do no significant harm' (DNSH) criteria in the Taxonomy Regulation, a classification system establishing a list of environmentally-sustainable economic activities. This is a critical issue, since any technology that does not meet the DNSH criteria will attract much less private sector investment and hinder progress towards net-zero. The assessment concluded: "The analyses did not reveal any science-based evidence that nuclear energy does more harm to human health or to the environment than other electricity production technologies already included in the Taxonomy."

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