The WNISR2019 paints a picture of an international nuclear industry with substantial challenges. Remarkably, over the past two years, the largest historic nuclear builder Westinghouse and its French counterpart AREVA went bankrupt. The 323-page report provides the most detailed annual account of the status and outlook of the nuclear power industry based on empirical analysis of its 65-year history. If it is difficult to forecast the future, it is all the more important to understand the past and present in order to be able to design realistic, feasible, affordable strategies for the coming decades.
Mycle Schneider, Convening Lead Author of the WNISR, and Ben Wealer, Contributing Author, will provide an in-depth overview of the findings.
The 2019-Edition contains a new focus on Climate Change and Nuclear Power that reflects in depth about the capacity of the nuclear industry to deliver the magnitude of new power and capacity modeled in several ambitious climate scenarios—whether with new or existing plants—in a cost-effective and timely manner. To protect the climate, we must abate the most carbon at the least cost and in the least time, so we must pay attention to carbon, cost, and time, not to carbon alone. Non-Nuclear options save more carbon per dollar and per year.
Contributing Author and famous energy thinker Amory B. Lovins, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will present this part of the analysis.
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 can be found online:
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