New Nuclear Plants Are in Emerging Markets, Gadonneix Says

More than 60 nuclear projects are being planned in the world today and most of the new nuclear plants are being built in emerging markets, according to Pierre Gadonneix, chairman of the World Energy Council and former chief executive officer of EDF SA.

“The rebound since 2004 is continuing, perhaps at a slower pace,” Gadonneix said on BFM radio before a report to be published tomorrow.

The report shows that 30 countries have nuclear plants, and the U.S., France and Japan represent half of the world’s nuclear energy, he said in the interview. Four countries -- Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Italy -- have slowed or stopped their nuclear programs, said Gadonneix, who wants the creation of global industry norms.

“We need a structure a bit like the Group of 20,” he told BFM. “We have to create a group of experts to help governance evolve.”

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