The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 (WNISR) had published July 2013. It provides a reality check of the current situation and trends of an industry in great difficulties. Nuclear power generation experienced a record drop of 7 percent in 2012. The 140-page report provides many different health indicators of the global nuclear industry and, for the first time, an essential status report on the complex situation that arose from the triple meltdowns in Fukushima.
CNIC Co-director Yukio Yamaguchi contribute to this report.

Key findings of the 2013 edition include:

  • A record drop of nuclear electricity generation in the world in 2012.
  • Rapid aging of nuclear power plants: almost half of the world fleet has operated for at least 30 years.
  • In 2012, for the first time, China, Germany, India and Japan generated more power from renewables than from nuclear plants.
  • Water management at the Fukushima site is critical, with an estimated 400,000 tons in precarious storage, containing many times more radioactivity than was released to the air in the weeks after 11 March 2011.

Mycle Schneider 
Independent Consultant, Paris, France
Project Coordinator and Lead Author

Antony Froggatt 
Independent Consultant, London, U.K.
Lead Author


Komei Hosokawa
Professor for Environmental and Social Research, Kyoto Seika University, Japan
Contributing Author

Steve Thomas 
Professor for Energy Policy, Greenwich University, U.K.
Contributing Author

Yukio Yamaguchi 
Co-director of the Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center (CNIC), Tokyo, Japan
Contributing Author

Julie Hazemann
Director of EnerWebWatch, Paris, France
Documentary Research, Modeling and Graphic Design

Foreword by Peter A. Bradford

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