International Perspectives on Energy Policy and the Role of Nuclear Power

Lutz Mez, Mycle Schneider and Steve Thomas
Publication date: June 2009 • ISBN 978-1-907132-11-7 • xxii + 576pp • £89


In this book, expert energy economists assess the energy policy of thirty one countries and the role of nuclear power.

For many years the shock of Chernobyl took nuclear power off the agenda in most countries. Intense public relations activities by the industry, increasing evidence of climate change and failures to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have brought nuclear power issues back to the forefront of policy discussion in the nuclear renaissance countries. But some countries are just not prepared to go in that direction and, indeed, are still divesting themselves of their nuclear legacy, the nuclear phase-out countries. And how are nuclear issues being approached in the industrializing countries? An in-depth country-by-country analysis is presented within this framework.

Out of such an analysis emerge thematic discussions on, among others, strategy in energy policy; nuclear plant safety, the impacts of nuclear accidents; the adequacy of nuclear power expertise.




Introduction – Nuclear Power in the World
Mycle Schneider, Steve Thomas, Lutz Mez

Status and perspectives of energy policy in so called Nuclear Renaissance countries

The Prospects of Nuclear Energy in Bulgaria: the Rush Towards the Construction of Belene Nuclear Power Plant
Gergana Miladinova

Energy Policy in the Czech Republic
Dalibor Strasky

The Role of Nuclear Power in Finnish Energy and Climate Policies
Jarmo Vehmas

Nuclear Power in France – Trouble Lurking Behind the Glitter
Mycle Schneider

Nuclear Power in Britain Since Chernobyl: A Rollercoaster Ride
Steve Thomas

The Hungarian Energy Policy and the Role of Nuclear Power after Chernobyl
Ada Amon

Nuclear power in Japan – Top Priority of National Energy Policy
Kenichi Oshima

Energy and Nuclear Policy in Romania
Ionut Apostol

Russian Energy Policy – Twenty Years after Chernobyl: No Lessons Learned?
Lydia V. Popova

Ukrainian Energy Policy – Between Chornobyl and the Kremlin
Tobias Münchmeyer

The Current Outlook for the Nuclear Power Industry in the United States
John L. Jurewitz

Status and perspectives of energy policy in nuclear phase-out countries

Energy Policy and the Nuclear Sector in Belgium
Luc Barbé

Nuclear Energy in Canada
Mycle Schneider

Expansion and Phasing-out Nuclear Power in Germany
Lutz Mez

Between Myth and Reality: Development, Problems and Perspectives of Nuclear Power in Italy
Maria Rosaria Di Nucci

Current and Future Options for Nuclear Power Use in Lithuania
Vaclovas Miskinis, Arvydas Galinis & Inga Konstantinaviciute

Contested Technology: Nuclear Power in the Netherlands
Maarten J. Arentsen

Slovenia – A Second European Country Likely to Follow Finland on the Nuclear Path?
Leo Seserko

Nuclear power in Spain – From Energy Autarchy and Military Dreams Via Moratorium and Phase out to a Nuclear Renaissance?
Mischa Bechberger

Chernobyl Plus 22 – the Swedish Case
Måns Lönnroth

Switzerland – What's left from the Glaciers in the Alps?
Conrad U. Brunner

Status and perspectives of energy policy in industrialising countries

Argentina’s irrational Nuclear Programme and Citizens' Opposition
Raul Montenegro

History of Nuclear Power in Brazil
Luiz Pinguelli Rosa

Development of Civil Nuclear Power Industry in China
Eva Sternfeld

Nuclear Power in India
Surendra Gadekar

Iran: Nuclear Program Despite Fossil and Renewable Energy Carriers in Abundance
Behrooz Abdolvand & Matthias Adolf

Unchanging Vision of Nuclear Energy: Nuclear Power Policy of the South Korean Government and Citizens’ Challenge
Sung-Jin Leem

Nuclear Power in Mexico – New Plans, Old Problems
Leticia Campos Aragón

Pakistan and the Energy Challenge
Zia Mian & A.H. Nayyar

Political Fission: South Africa's Nuclear Programme
David Fig

Authoritarian Energy Regime and Unsustainability in Taiwan
Shih-Jung Hsu


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