Nuclear Energy Outlook 2008

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World energy demand continues to grow unabated and is leading to very serious concerns about security of supply, soaring energy prices and climate change stemming from fossil fuel consumption. Nuclear energy is being increasingly seen as having a role to play in addressing these concerns. Responding to renewed interest in nuclear energy, this Nuclear Energy Outlook uses the most current data and statistics available and provides projections up to 2050 to consider growth scenarios and potential implications on the future use of nuclear energy. It also offers unique analyses and recommendations on the possible challenges that lie ahead. Topics covered by the NEO include nuclear power’s current status and projected trends, environmental impacts, uranium resources and security of supply, costs, safety and regulation, radioactive waste management and decommissioning, non-proliferation and security, legal frameworks, infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, advanced reactors and advanced fuel cycles.

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Nuclear Safety and Regulation

Nuclear Energy Agency

The safety performance of nuclear power plants and other • nuclear facilities in OECD countries continues to be excellent, as reflected in a number of published performance indicators. Protection of public health and the environment from radiation hazards is ensured at nuclear facilities by a complex array of mutually reinforcing factors, ranging from engineered design features and robust operating procedures to the presence of a strong and effective nuclear safety regulator. Over the past two decades, advances in regulation, safety management, nuclear technology, and the implementation of the ALARA principle by the nuclear industry have led to a considerable decrease of releases and radiation exposure to workers in nuclear power plants. This high nuclear safety performance is expected to continue.


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