Canada, the second largest producer of uranium, is relying on nuclear energy to reduce its carbon footprint and wants to encourage the international community to integrate this technology in the fight against global warming, reported Thursday the public television CBC.
This is a turnaround on the part of the Trudeau government, whose Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, tabled in December 2017, never mentions nuclear power.
Canada has partnered with the United States and Japan to include this form of energy in international discussions on energy transition, particularly at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum that brings governments and the private sector together.
The ninth edition of this Forum will be held in May in Denmark under the patronage of the European Commission, and in 2019 in Canada.
The Trudeau government wants to seize this opportunity to “place nuclear energy at the center of global efforts to fight climate change,” Natural Resources Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd told the Nuclear Association in late February the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
“The CEM meets again in Copenhagen in May and we have ensured that nuclear energy has its place as part of a broad and high-level discussion on a global transition to a low-carbon economy,” Ms. Rudd told the nuclear industry lobby.
The Department of Natural Resources did not deny the CBC information and said it was preparing a response.
Although nuclear energy does not emit greenhouse gases like the fossil fuels that cause global warming, this energy is controversial, particularly because of its toxic and polluting waste, which is difficult to treat.