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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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Stakeholder Engagement

Nuclear Energy Agency

Several factors are currently having an effect on • public perceptions of nuclear energy: 1) the increasing political pressure to ensure security of energy supply; 2) the urgent need to address climate change concerns by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; 3) the economics of energy; 4) the strong, steady safety performance of nuclear power plants in recent years; and 5) the development of good governance in the nuclear energy arena, inter alia by strengthening legal frameworks, improving public communication and encouraging greater public participation. These factors will continue to have considerable influence over the way nuclear energy will be considered by society in the coming years.

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