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Twenty Years of Country Nuclear Power Profiles: IAEA Releases 2018 Edition


IAEA's Country Nuclear Power Profiles offers an interactive world map showing countries that provided information on the status and development of their nuclear power programmes. (Photo: F. Nassif/IAEA)

The IAEA has released its annual edition of the Country Nuclear Power Profiles (CNPP), a major resource on the status and development of nuclear power programmes around the world. The 2018 CNPP edition, marking twenty years since its inauguration, offers a revamped database with new features, including a more user-friendly interface and a mobile version that is compatible with multiple platforms. Thirty-seven countries have contributed new or updated information for the 2018 edition.

Drawn from national contributions, the CNPP provide a descriptive and statistical overview of the economic, energy and electricity situation in participating Member States. The profiles summarize organizational and industrial aspects of national nuclear power programmes and include information about the relevant legislative, regulatory and energy framework in each country.

“When the CNPP publication was first launched 20 years ago, it responded to a need for a database and technical documentation on nuclear power programmes in Member States,” explained Dohee Hahn, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Power. “The revamped version will continue to showcase achievements related to nuclear infrastructure development.”

Currently, there are 454 operational nuclear power reactors in 30 countries, with 54 other units under construction worldwide. Providing about 11% of the world’s electricity and about a third of overall low carbon electricity, nuclear power supports several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The nuclear power profiles present factors related to the effective planning, decision making and implementation of nuclear power programmes that together lead to safe and economical operations of nuclear power plants,” said Pal Vincze, Head of the IAEA Nuclear Power Engineering Section. “The CNPP database remains an important resource for stakeholders in Member States, including researchers, decision makers and the wider public.”

Typically, the profiles are updated yearly to compile the annual publication. Each profile is self-standing and contains energy statistics or other relevant information officially provided by respective national authorities.

First published in 1998, the preparation of CNPP was initiated within the framework of the IAEA’s programme on assessment and feedback of nuclear power plant performance. Over the last twenty years, the publication has been released in paper form since 1998, CD-ROM since 2002, and online since 2012. As it stands, the CNPP database is now hosted entirely online and also offers online access to historical editions since 2000.

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