In order to achieve the required carbon emissions reductions in an affordable and environmentally responsible manner that also retains stability and security in the electricity grid, Ireland must implement a wider range of options than is outlined in the current Climate Action Plan. We aim to present the environmental and economic case for modern nuclear energy to all key stakeholders and to outline Ireland’s capability to operate a robust nuclear power programme.
Ireland plans that 70% of our electricity will be generated by renewables by 2030. Along with more wind and solar energy, the plan calls for more gas turbines, energy storage and interconnection, and annual emissions from electricity will drop to around 5 million tons. We estimate that introducing 18% nuclear energy into this renewables-dominated power system could eliminate fossil fuels from the power sector and reduce emissions to their minimum by 2037.