Podcast: Nuclear's landmark COP28, plus 2024 lookahead

01 January 2024

A special report on nuclear energy's breakthrough moments at the COP28 UN climate summit, plus World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León outlines her hopes and challenges for the sector in the coming year.


The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, better known as COP28, which ended in December in Dubai, was the first time nuclear energy has been formally specified as one of the solutions to climate change in a COP agreement.

Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, was in the UAE for the event and he reports on declarations by governments, and by industry, backing a tripling of nuclear capacity by 2050, as well as the inclusion of nuclear in the final text of the Global Stocktake. Henry Preston, external communication manager for the association, reports on the many side events featuring nuclear, including a focus on potential newcomer countries such as the Philippines and Australia.

As the new year gets under way, Sama Bilbao y León considers the significance of COP28 for nuclear and looks back at the sector's main achievements of 2023 as well as looking ahead to the coming year's main goals and key moments to watch out for.


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Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production

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