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The role of nuclear energy in establishing sustainable energy paths
Bruggink, J.J.C.; Zwaan, B.C.C. van der
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-11-2001
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--01-109 ECN publication
Number of pages: Full text:
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This study juxtaposes the major facts and arguments about nuclear energy and its potential role in establishing sustainable energy paths. The notion of sustainability has a strong normative character and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Therefore, also the sustainability of energy supply technologies possesses a normative nature. This paper analyses what the major dimensions are that ought to be addressed when nuclear energy technology is compared, in sustainability terms, with its fossil-fuelled and renewable counterparts. It is assessed to what extent energy supply portfolios including nuclear energy are more, or less, sustainable in comparison to those that exclude this technology. It is indicated what this inventory of collected facts and opinions means for both policy and research regarding nuclear energy in the case of the Netherlands.

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