Securing the Resilience of Nuclear Infrastructure against Natural Disasters
The ASEAN and East Asian Region is more vulnerable to natural disasters than any other part of the world. Recent disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake or the Thailand floods have made us understand our vulnerabilities to the forces of natural disasters and their wider consequences for energy security, which stretch far beyond the directly affected areas. The Fukushima disaster in particular showed how the impact of natural disasters can be hugely amplified by technological hazards such as nuclear power plant shutdowns. This report reviews the key disaster management strategies and energy security actions being adopted in Japan, Europe, and the United States from the perspective of nuclear power plant operations. Based on a barrier analysis of ASEAN countries, this study proposes an integrated policy framework that could enhance appropriation of resources – technology, finance, and decision-making capacity – for improved resilience of future nuclear infrastructure investments.