Differences in carbon emissions reduction
between countries pursuing renewable electricity
versus nuclear power
|Author||Sovacool, Schmid, Stirling, Walter, MacKerron|
|Classification||6.01.2.15/52 (NP & GREENHOUSE EFFECT - CO2 REDUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE)|
From the publication:
Two of the most widely emphasized contenders for carbon emissions reduction in the electricity sector are nuclear power and
renewable energy. While scenarios regularly question the potential impacts of adoption of various technology mixes in the
future, it is less clear which technology has been associated with greater historical emission reductions. Here, we use multiple
regression analyses on global datasets of national carbon emissions and renewable and nuclear electricity production across
123 countries over 25 years to examine systematically patterns in how countries variously using nuclear power and renew-
ables contrastingly show higher or lower carbon emissions. We find that larger-scale national nuclear attachments do not tend
to associate with significantly lower carbon emissions while renewables do. We also find a negative association between the
scales of national nuclear and renewables attachments. This suggests nuclear and renewables attachments tend to crowd each
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