Sustainable Development & Nuclear Power
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Introduction Introduction
The Energy Challenge The Energy Challenge
Nuclear Power Facts Nuclear Power Facts
Nuclear Power Advantages Nuclear Power Advantages

Conclusion Conclusion
The Salient Points The Salient Points
Annex I:  The DECADES PROJECT Annex I:  The DECADES Project
Annex II:  Nuclear Power Case Studies Annex II:  Nuclear Power Case Studies

| - The Energy Challenge | - Nuclear Power Facts | - Nuclear Power Advantages |


THE SALIENT POINTS

Nuclear power for over 40 years has contributed significantly to world energy needs, currently providing more than 6% of primary energy and 17% of global electricity. Low environmental impacts and a vast fuel resource potential should allow it to contribute substantially to meeting the Agenda 21 sustainable energy challenge. But today's energy planners are confronted by public apprehension about nuclear power and unrealistic expectations for new energy sources. Will future generations applaud us for retarding and perhaps even abandoning nuclear power, or will they condemn us for not fully utilizing it?

The salient points brought out in this brochure that are vital to a sound assessment of the nuclear power option, an assessment that must be made in comparison and in perspective with the risks and benefits of the various alternative energy options, are summarized below.

The Energy Challenge

Agenda 21 and energy

Environmental releases

Energy mix strategies

The nuclear power potential

Nuclear Power Facts

Radiation and toxic pollutant effects

Safety and severe accidents

Non-proliferation

Nuclear Power Advantages

Limited environmental impacts

Small waste quantities

Security of supply

External costs of energy generation

A wide range of applications