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19 april, Webinar

Impact of climate change on nuclear

Barsebäck nuclear power plant.

Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, and we are moving towards a global temperature rise of over 3 degrees towards the end of the century. The effects will be irreversible if we do not succeed in breaking this trend. Energiforsk has studied the impact of climate change on the energy system, including an in-depth study of the impact of climate change on nuclear.

On northern latitudes climate change is accelerating faster and temperature rises are stronger than the global average. Rising temperatures are driving other climate changes such as changing precipitation, wind and cloudiness. Climate change will affect the energy sector in different ways. The vulnerability of the energy system is likely to increase, and the production potential changes. The electricity grid is affected, and the energy demand changes. An increasing share of renewable energy sources further enhances the climate dependency.

In the Energiforsk project "Climate-change impact on the energy system", Profu, SMHI, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute and Chalmers University of Technology have together analyzed how a changed climate can affect the energy sector. The project has included impacts on hydropower, wind power, nuclear power, bioenergy, electricity networks as well as energy use, district heating and district cooling. Reports summarizing the results of the main project are found here (in Swedish).

As part of this project an in-depth study of the impact of climate effects on nuclear has been made in cooperation with nuclear power plant experts. The results show that nuclear is in general well prepared to meet the effects of a changing climate. Continuous stress tests and analyses following incidents worldwide have ensured the redundancy and robustness of the Nordic nuclear power plants.The report from the in-depth study on nuclear is found here.

A summary of the overall results of the main project and all the results relating to the in-depth study on nuclear was presented in English at this webinar. You can access the slides and videos from the links in the program below.


Times in CET


Welcome and introduction, Monika Adsten, Energiforsk


A changing climate, Erik Kjellström, SMHI
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How will climate change impact the energy system – main conclusions, Jenny Gode, Profu
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Impact of climate change on nuclear, Thomas Unger, Profu
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Questions and discussion


End of webinar