The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) predicts strong development of nuclear energy in the coming decades: Its share in global electricity production of 13.8 percent in 2009 may rise to as much as 17 percent by 2050. This follows from the IAEA´s annual outlook on the generation of energy, electricity and nuclear power in eight regions of the world that was published in Vienna on 14 September 2010.
It is predicted that in North America nuclear power´s share in overall electricity generation will increase from 19.5 percent last year to as much as 40 percent in 2050. In the same period, this share will increase in Western Europe from 26.3 percent to as much as 49.5 percent and in Eastern Europe from 19 percent to as much as 40.1 percent.
However, particularly in the Far Eastern region, there is a huge drive towards enormous new construction projects. The amount of electricity generated there from nuclear energy will increase from 509,8 TWh in 2009 to as much as 3,193 TWh in 2050. This will take place at the same time as huge development in renewable energies and other forms of electricity production.
Dr. Ralph Güldner, president of the German Atomic Forum, says, "The IAEA´s predictions demonstrate yet again how pragmatic many countries are in their approach towards nuclear energy´s contribution to a sustainable power supply. Growth regions in particular will need more electricity and are therefore investing in a broad mix of energies in the future. Anyone taking climate protection, economic development and security of supply really seriously is not passing up on any opportunity and is focusing on both nuclear power and renewables." Güldner went on to say that lifetime extension in Germany is therefore also a pointer in the right direction in an international context.