Workers install the core module of Linglong One, the world's first commercial small modular reactor, at a nuclear power plant in Changjiang Li autonomous county, Hainan province, on Aug 10. Linglong One is a multipurpose small modular pressurized water reactor, developed by the China National Nuclear Corp. (Photo/CHINA DAILY)
Nuclear energy is expected to supply around 10 percent of China's electricity by 2035, Wang Binghua, director of the China Nuclear Energy Association's nuclear energy public communication committee, told ThePaper.cn on Monday.
That would align China's nuclear power generation with the global average and lead to a reduction of about 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, he said.
Wang said China's installed nuclear power capacity should reach around 400 million kilowatts by 2060, providing about 18 percent of the nation's electricity and approaching the average of developed countries.
When nuclear energy's utilization in heating and transportation was also considered, it was expected to account for about 25 percent of carbon emission reductions, he said.
"In the context of achieving both the carbon goals and ensuring economic growth, nuclear energy has demonstrated its irreplaceable advantages, providing significant strategic support for China's economic and social development," Wang told ThePaper.cn at the 6th China Nuclear Energy Public Communication and Exchange Conference in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.