So far in 2021 two new countries have started producing nuclear energy for the first time. The UAE has put the first unit of its four-unit Barakah plant into service with the second one following close behind. In Belarus, it is the same story, as the first unit of the Ostrovets station entered service and the second is going through its start up. We know that the countries that have the lowest carbon emissions rely on either hydro or nuclear power (or both) as the backbone of their electricity systems. And these countries have achieved this low-carbon footprint in reasonable time frames. So, a country like the UAE who has almost 100% fossil fuelled electricity will quickly decarbonise as the four-unit Barakah plant comes into service at which time nuclear will be 25% of their energy mix. Their further investments in renewables will help them meet their carbon targets.
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