ABU DHABI, 26th October, 2023 (WAM) — Net Zero Nuclear, the initiative calling for collaboration among government, industry leaders and civil society to triple global nuclear capacity to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, today announced Urenco as a new partner in the coalition.
Urenco joins the initiative at the Gold Partner level, highlighting industry support for this initiative, which was launched by the World Nuclear Association (WNA) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), with the support of the Atoms4NetZero initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the World Nuclear Symposium in London earlier this year.
In the lead up to COP28, which will be hosted by the UAE in Dubai later this year, Net Zero Nuclear aims to bring together political leaders and industry leaders to engage in a data-driven, actionable, solutions-focused dialogue to enable the rapid expansion of the global nuclear fleet and the acceleration of research and development into emerging nuclear technologies. The initiative will work to ensure nuclear energy’s potential is fully realised in facilitating the decarbonisation of global energy systems, by promoting the value of nuclear energy and removing barriers to its growth.
Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, which leads the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program and its flagship Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, said, “Reaching the target of net zero and putting a stop to the most catastrophic effects of climate change requires the partnership and commitment of the most innovative leaders in nuclear energy. Net Zero Nuclear warmly welcomes Urenco, which brings deep expertise and an innovative vision to this initiative. I look forward to working together to reach our mission of tripling global nuclear capacity by 2050 and reaching Net Zero.”
Boris Schucht, Urenco CEO, stated, “The world needs a secure, sustainable net zero future. For this to happen, nuclear must play a significant role in the clean-energy transition alongside renewables, with the backing and resolve of governments, industry and the supply chain. Urenco is committed to delivering for a net zero world and stands proudly with other organisations supporting Net Zero Nuclear as we advance towards COP28.”
Dr. Sama Leon, Director-General of the World Nuclear Association, added, “We are delighted to welcome Urenco as a partner for the Net Zero Nuclear initiative at COP28. Urenco’s enrichment expertise and their internal company pledge to achieving net zero operations, showcases that the nuclear industry not only delivers 24/7 carbon free energy but is also committed to do its part to decarbonize the economy.”