The nuclear energy comeback: these countries lead the way
The joint challenges of the energy crisis and the race to net zero have led to a comeback of nuclear power generation. Many governments that backed away from nuclear following the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi disaster in Japan are now reassessing its value.
Over the past decade, reactor safety has been enhanced substantially and more versatile reactor technology has become available. This has helped catapult nuclear back to being a strong contender for generating dispatchable, affordable and CO₂-free energy.
Countries like France have never veered away from nuclear, while others — like Japan — have only recently returned to nuclear as part of their future energy mix. Here are the countries spearheading the comeback of nuclear energy.