China says nuclear power vital to sustainable development

Nuclear energy should be put to greater use to ensure sustainable development, according to Zhang Huazhu, head of the Chinese delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].

With the deterioration of the ecological environment and the increase in the demand for energy, it is necessary to optimize energy structure policies and increase clean energy production to cut pollution and relieve climate change, Zhang said. Zhang said that more than 40 years of experience have proved that nuclear energy is clean, safe and economical.

So far, nuclear power accounts for one sixth of the world’s total power generation. As the largest developing country in the world, China supports efforts made by all nations to relieve climate change, Zhang said. He added that the Chinese government has put forward guidelines for the appropriate development of nuclear power in its tenth five-year Plan of national economic development (2001-2005).

China now has eight nuclear power units under construction, with a total installed capacity of 6600 MW, and a few more nuclear power plants are being planned.

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