The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan last year has led to more awareness of safety issued in the industry, according to Christoph Frei, secretary general of the World Energy Council.
Hazard identification may be increasingly being used by companies operating in the sector in order to ensure they are as safe and efficient as possible in the wake of the incident, which was caused by a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the country last March.
Mr Frei explained the nuclear power industry has been forced to "consider external 'black swan' events, which are highly unlikely to occur but could have serious consequences".
He pointed out most countries with nuclear programmes immediately began a review of the safety of their nuclear energy schemes after the Fukushima accident.
Many people are still homeless in Japan after being told to leave their homes close to the plant, which is located in the north-east of the Asian nation.
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