Nuclear Energy Outlook 2008

Published on October 16, 2008

Also available in: French

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.


Executive Summary
Current Status
Programmes and Government Policies
Projections to 2050
Environmental Impacts of Energy Use and Power Production
Uranium Resources and Security of Supply
Providing Electricity at Stable and Affordable Costs
Nuclear Safety and Regulation
Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning
Non-proliferation and Security
Legal Frameworks
Stakeholder Engagement
Advanced Reactors
Advanced Fuel Cycles
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