GLASGOW, Scotland: Even though environmentalists remain skeptical of nuclear power, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he sees a key role for nuclear power to balance climate concerns and global energy needs.
Grossi said he noted a particular interest in young people who lack the “cultural burden” that some older environmentalists have associated with nuclear power.
“The younger generations want a clear and clean world, but they don’t want a (…) pastoral world without, you know, access to technology,” he told The Associated on Tuesday. Press, on the sidelines of the UN climate summit. in Glasgow.
One of the main advantages of nuclear power is the constant supply it provides, compared to fluctuations in wind or solar power, he said.
“When looking for your ideal energy mix, you need stability, you need baseload and you need the ability to power your economy 24/7 without any downtime,” said Magnified.
Nuclear is also becoming more economically competitive again, he added, referring to the current rise in energy prices in Europe, which worries governments and consumers.
Future generations of small modular reactors could still tip the scales.
“There are four or five under construction around the world right now, in Russia, China and Argentina,” Grossi said. “Once they’re there I’m sure. It’ll be a game-changer. I think we’re not saying it’s a panacea, but also be clear about it, but it’s a must-have in the mix, ”he added.