Nuclear Can Supply One-Quarter of Global Power by 2050, Says IEA

16 June 2010 (Last Updated June 16th, 2010 18:30)

Almost one quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report. Nuclear capacity could grow to 1,200GW by 2050, providing 24% of global electricity, says the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap.

Almost one quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Nuclear capacity could grow to 1,200GW by 2050, providing 24% of global electricity, says the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap.

The report says that to meet the target, nuclear generating capacity needs to more than triple over the next 40 years.

Nuclear generating capacity worldwide is presently 370GWe, providing 14% of global electricity. The foreseeable expansion of nuclear generation capacity will contribute to a 50% cut in energy-related CO2 emissions by 2050, according to the IEA.