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Viewpoint: COP24 can help the climate with nuclear policy action

Viewpoint: COP24 can help the climate with nuclear policy action

Agneta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association, urges policy makers gathered at COP24 - the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - to recognise the longstanding role of nuclear power in the low-carbon energy mix.

Perspectives 29 November 2018


Speech: The task ahead for nuclear energy

Speech: The task ahead for nuclear energy

The nuclear power industry must continue to work hard to increase its share of the global energy mix, Kirill Komarov told delegates at the IFNEC-NICE Future conference last week. The theme of the conference, held in Tokyo on 12-14 November, was 'Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy in an Energy Transitions Context: Innovation and Actions to Advance Clean Nuclear Energy'.

Perspectives 22 November 2018


Conference: Nuclear growth relies on good policies

Conference: Nuclear growth relies on good policies

Political support for nuclear power is crucial if this proven, sustainable and zero-carbon source of electricity is to play its part among other clean energy technologies in the fight against climate change. This was the message of ministers and industry leaders at UNECE’s 9th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development.

Perspectives 16 November 2018


Viewpoint: South Africa risks losing its leading role

Viewpoint: South Africa risks losing its leading role

South Africa stands at the precipice of anonymity in nuclear power, writes Gaopalelwe Santswere, chairman of South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society and president of African Young Generation in Nuclear.

Perspectives 02 November 2018


Viewpoint: The advantages of Small Modular Reactors

Viewpoint: The advantages of Small Modular Reactors

The size of a small modular reactor gives it several advantages over large conventional nuclear power plant designs. Here, Vincent Zabielski, senior lawyer at Pillsbury Shaw Pittman, looks at what the future might hold for SMRs.

Perspectives 29 October 2018


Conference: Nuclear gains ground in political debate

Conference: Nuclear gains ground in political debate

Russian Energy Week, a Moscow-based annual conference and exhibition traditionally devoted to hydrocarbons, has for the second time included a session about the nuclear power industry. Claire-Louise Isted, editor of World Nuclear News, reports here on the increasing prominence of the world's best hope against climate change. 

Perspectives 05 October 2018


Viewpoint: UAE's programme strategic to future of global nuclear energy

Viewpoint: UAE's programme strategic to future of global nuclear energy

Building a nuclear energy programme is a truly global undertaking. It requires a strong and long-term commitment from the nation pursuing the programme, and partnerships with governments and global experts that offer guidance and insight based on best practices and operating experience. As the first new nuclear energy programme in decades, the United Arab Emirates offers a unique example of this process, writes Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi.

Perspectives 26 September 2018


Speech: A clear message on nuclear and climate change 

Speech: A clear message on nuclear and climate change 

The role nuclear power plays in the fight against climate change should be made “clear, accessible and palatable for all”, Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, president of Jordan's Royal Scientific Society, told the IAEA's Scientific Forum earlier this week.

Perspectives 21 September 2018


Viewpoint: Demystifying radiation - the nemesis of nuclear energy?

Viewpoint: Demystifying radiation - the nemesis of nuclear energy?

Reports by the United Nations on ionizing radiation may prove crucial for a nuclear renaissance, Abel González told delegates at the World Nuclear Association Symposium being held in London this week. González is an academician at the Argentine Academies Buenos Aires of Sciences, of Environmental Sciences and of the Sea.

Perspectives 07 September 2018


Viewpoint: Clean energy policies key to meeting Harmony goals

Viewpoint: Clean energy policies key to meeting Harmony goals

Climate impacts are intensifying by the day and the global nuclear sector must do more to position itself as a part of a larger coalition of technologies that are being mobilised in the climate fight. Changes in energy policy, including in the USA, are needed in order to achieve the aims of the industry's Harmony Programme, writes Josh Freed, vice president of Third Way's Clean Energy Programme.

Perspectives 21 August 2018