16–17 September 2020: Senior Research Fellow Denise Cheong and Research Associate Nivedita S Participate in IAEA and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Webinars Related to the Role of Nuclear in Mitigating Climate Change

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Senior Research Fellow Denise Cheong and Research Associate Nivedita S participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) webinar on ‘Cutting Emissions for Good: What Role for Nuclear?’ and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Webchat on the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the UAE, previously described as the gold standard for nuclear power development. The IAEA webinar was held to mark the launch of the 2020 edition of the IAEA Publication entitled ‘Climate Change and Nuclear Power’. This analyses the role of nuclear energy, together with other low carbon sources, in climate change mitigation strategies in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement. In the OECD NEA’s webinar, HE Al Hammadi Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, shared how nuclear energy produced by the Barakah Plant will not only provide up to 25 per cent of the UAE’s electricity needs but also help to avoid the release of 21 million tons of carbon emissions when fully operational (equivalent to removing 3.2 million cars off the road annually).