Final Dubai deal recognises need to ramp up nuclear energy as a “zero and low emissions technology”

The COP28 deal agreed at the UN climate summit in Dubai has recognised the need to “accelerate” nuclear as a key approach for a deep, rapid and sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The final text of the deal also calls for the acceleration of other “zero and low emission technologies” alongside nuclear, including renewables.

It follows a declaration endorsed by 24 nations earlier at the UN’s leading climate summit to triple nuclear power capacity by 2050, marking the first time that Governments have joined together at COP to endorse nuclear power.

Welcoming nuclear’s inclusion in the final deal, Tom Greatrex, the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:


“This is a major moment for the future of nuclear energy and its role in fighting climate change. The science has long called for all clean energy sources to be utilized in this global effort to drive down emissions and this deal shows that common sense has finally prevailed.

“What needs to happen now is for nuclear power to be rolled at scale and at pace to hit net zero, including in the UK, where we are playing a vital role alongside our allies.”


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