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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Uranium Resources and Security of Supply

Nuclear Energy Agency

Security of energy supply has economic, social and political dimensions. It first became a major concern for governments in the early 1970s. Since then, successive oil crises, socio-political conflicts, volatility of hydrocarbon prices (including abuse of monopolistic powers), terrorist risks and natural disasters, have all increased global concerns about this issue. For example, the increased reliance on generating electricity from natural gas imported from relatively politically unstable regions or unreliable trading partners increases the risk of supply interruptions and price volatility.


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