Energy  |  Publications  |  20.08.2013

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013

Two years after the Fukushima disaster started unfolding on 11 March 2011, its impact on the global nuclear industry has become increasingly visible. Global electricity generation from nuclear plants dropped by a historic 7% in 2012. The 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, sponsored among others by the Greens/EFA Group and the Heinrich Boell Stiftung US, provides a global overview of the history, the current status and the trends of nuclear power programs worldwide.

“The Report sets forth in painstaking detail the actual experience and achievements of nuclear energy around the world”, writes Peter Bradford, former Commissioner of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in his foreword to the 140-page reference document. In addition to the careful assessment of the global industry, this year’s report also contains chapters on nuclear economics and an overview of the status of the ongoing Fukushima crisis.

Key findings of the 2013 edition include:

  • A record drop of nuclear electricity generation in the world in 2012.
  • Rapid aging of nuclear power plants: almost half of the world fleet has operated for at least 30 years.
  • In 2012, for the first time, China, Germany, India and Japan generated more power from renewables than from nuclear plants.
  • Water management at the Fukushima site is critical, with an estimated 400,000 tons in precarious storage, containing many times more radioactivity than was released to the air in the weeks after 11 March 2011.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report was elaborated by a team of six experts from France, Japan and the UK under the direction of renowned nuclear expert Mycle Schneider.

 

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