Hyderabad: Nuclear energy is now being accepted as an important "mitigating technology" in the context of climate change even as expanded use of nuclear technologies offered immense potential to meet important development needs, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India R Chidambaram has said.
"In fact, to satisfy energy demands and to mitigate
the threat of climate change, two of the 21st century`s
greatest challenges, there are major opportunities for
expansion of nuclear energy in those countries that choose to
have it," Chidambaram said, delivering the A V Rama Rao
Technology Award lecture at the IICT here today.
Apart from power, nuclear energy has numerous
applications like agriculture, medicine, industry among
others, Chidambaram said adding nuclear was now accepted as an
important mitigating technology in the context of climate
"If you are to address the climate change threat use
nuclear as an important mitigating technology...but for it to
be a sustainable mitigating technology the nuclear fuel cycle
must be closed," Chidambaram, who is also the DEA Homi Bhabha
Professor at BARC, said.
"You have to close the nuclear fuel cycle, though it
requires inputs from a variety of people, reprocessing
technologies and bringing down of costs among others. But, in
India`s point of view and in fact global point of view you
must close the fuel cycle...and India must close it faster,"