Indicator update: Nuclear Power 2016

Indicator update: Nuclear Power 2016

In ClimatePositions Nuclear Power generation is not accepted as a national CO2 Emission reduction instrument and the generation must be phased out parallel to CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels and cement production¹.

The table below shows the Nuclear Power generation in billion kWh in 2014, 2015 and 2016, of all 32 countries and the world. The global generation 2016 was 2% higher than in 2015. However, the increase was caused sole by China’s 49% increase.


. 2014 2015 2016
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(World) 2,411 2,441 2,490
United States 798.6 798.0 805.3
France 418.0 419.0 384.0
China 123.8 161.2 210.5
Russia 169.1 182.8 179.7
South Korea 149.2 157.2 154.2
Canada 98.6 95.6 97.4
Ukraine 83.1 82.4 81.0
Germany 91.8 86.8 80.1
United Kingdom 57.9 63.9 65.1
Sweden 62.3 54.5 60.6
Spain 54.9 54.8 56.1
Belgium 32.1 24.8 41.3
India 33.2 34.6 35.0
Taiwan 40.8 35.1 30.5
Czech Republic 28.6 25.3 22.7
Finland 22.6 22.3 22.3
Switzerland 26.5 22.2 20.3
Japan 0.0 4.3 17.5
Brazil 14.5 13.9 15.9
Bulgaria 15.0 14.7 15.8
Hungary 14.8 15.0 15.2
South Africa 14.8 11.0 15.2
Slovakia 14.4 14.1 13.7
Romania 10.8 10.7 10.4
Mexico 9.3 11.2 10.3
Argentina 5.3 6.5 7.7
Iran 3.7 3.2 5.9
Slovenia 6.1 5.4 5.4
Pakistan 4.6 4.3 5,1
Netherlands 3.9 3.9 3.8
Armenia 2.3 2.6 2.2
Lithuania 0.0 0.0 0.0

Three countries have reduced Nuclear Power generation significantly over the last decade: Lithuania, Japan and Germany. See the per capita generation between 2000 and 2016 in the diagram below.

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¹Nuclear Power generation produce dangerous radioactive waste to deal with for thousands of future generations (10,000 to 250,000 years), and it can cause catastrophic disasters with extremely dangerous nuclear radiation, causing death, birth defects and cancer among people, poison agricultural land, and otherwise damages the environment for many generations. In ClimatePositions Nuclear Power is converted into CO2 Emissions as if the Nuclear Energy was produced with oil.

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Data on national Nuclear Power generation: World Nuclear Association (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Updated data and diagrams of all ‘Indicators‘ and all countries in ClimatePositions are available in the submenu ‘Calculations (Excel)‘.
Manipulated radioactive symbol by Claus Andersen, 2017.

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