Keeping the Nuclear Energy Option Open

45 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2021 Last revised: 11 Aug 2021

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H-Holger Rogner

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Robert Budnitz

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (Retired)

Charles McCombie

Arius Association

Noura Mansouri

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

Robert Schock

Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)

Date Written: February 3, 2021

Abstract

Nuclear energy already plays a crucial role in reducing emissions from generating electricity. Without expanding this role, it will be extremely difficult to achieve the international goal of avoiding unacceptable changes in global climate. The evidence presented here shows that the climate benefits of nuclear energy can be obtained without significant impacts on safety, security, or energy costs. Moreover, in most countries, a stable low carbon electrical grid cannot be implemented if nuclear is excluded from the energy mix. This analysis leads to recommendations for national energy policies and measures, including sharing of technologies, R&D priorities, best practices, and international regulatory programs.

Suggested Citation

Rogner, H-Holger and Budnitz, Robert and McCombie, Charles and Mansouri, Noura and Schock, Robert and Shihab-Eldin, Adnan, Keeping the Nuclear Energy Option Open (February 3, 2021). USAEE Working Paper No. 21-488, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3778835 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3778835

H-Holger Rogner (Contact Author)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis ( email )

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Robert Budnitz

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (Retired) ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Charles McCombie

Arius Association ( email )

Switzerland

Noura Mansouri

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center ( email )

Riyadh, Central Province
Saudi Arabia

Robert Schock

Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( email )

P.O. Box 808
Livermore, CA 94551
United States

Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) ( email )

Kuwait

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