Safety and effective developing nuclear power to realize green and low-carbon development

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Qi-Zhen Ye (2016)
  • Publisher: KeAi
  • Journal: Advances in Climate Change Research, volume 7, issue 1-2, pages 10-16 (issn: 1674-9278)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.accre.2016.06.005
  • Subject: Meteorology. Climatology | QC851-999 | Social sciences (General) | H1-99 | Role of nuclear power | Environmental Sciences | Nuclear safety | Radioactivity release | Nuclear fuel cycle | Scale development | Nuclear power and nuclear energy

This paper analyzes the role of nuclear power of China's energy structure and industry system. Comparing with other renewable energy the nuclear power chain has very low greenhouse gas emission, so it will play more important role in China's low-carbon economy. The paper also discussed the necessity of nuclear power development to achieve emission reduction, energy structure adjustment, nuclear power safety, environmental protection, enhancement of nuclear power technology, nuclear waste treatment, and disposal, as well as nuclear power plant decommissioning. Based on the safety record and situation of the existing power plants in China, the current status of the development of world nuclear power technology, and the features of the independently designed advanced power plants in China, this paper aims to demonstrate the safety of nuclear power. A nuclear power plant will not cause harm either to the environment and nor to the public according to the real data of radioactivity release, which are obtained from an operational nuclear plant. The development of nuclear power technology can enhance the safety of nuclear power. Further, this paper discusses issues related to the nuclear fuel cycle, the treatment, and disposal strategies of nuclear waste, and the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant, all of which are issues of public concern.
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