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FIVE YEAR ASSESSMENT REPORT RELATED TO THE SPECIFIC PROGRAMME: NUCLEAR ENERGY, 1995-1999

Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C

Abstract

Future long-term energy scenarios show a steady increase in world-wide energy demand, driven by the increase in the global population and the rapid growth in energy consumption per capita in the developing economies. In parallel, there is an increasing awareness of the environmental impacts of energy such as the climate change impacts arising from the burning of fossil fuels.

Consequently, the need for new non-polluting and sustainable forms of energy is growing. The harvest of renewable energy is already partly developed but there are issues associated with its availability, location and integration into the network; nuclear fission is another available option although there are concerns about its safety and the long-term issues of waste disposal.

Fusion still requires further research and long-term development but appears to have the potential to provide a CO2 emission-free, sustainable, safe and clean high-density energy option.

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