plants were avoiding about 100 million tonnes of CO2 annually in the early
1990s as Darlington was completed. This contribution has declined in recent
years as some units have been shut down for maintenance. We anticipate that
most of these will be back in operation in time to make a significant
contribution should Canada ratify Kyoto. Putting new nuclear plants into
operation before 2010 would require Herculean effort and would displace
existing electricity generating capability which has not reached its planned
end of life.
|A commitment to
Kyoto implies the need for additional greenhouse gas reduction activity after 2010. A longer
time period allows for the development of infrastructure which would allow
for the expanded use of greenhouse gas
free nuclear energy sources. Direct use of nuclear process heat has
not been applied in Canada to date. Greenhouse gas free electricity has the
potential for more use in industry and in transportation.