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Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Access to affordable, technology-neutral financing is essential if energy-poor countries are to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power in the way the Western world already does, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum today. The following is her statement to the panel titled Delivering energy access in the developing world.

Perspectives 20 January 2021


Viewpoint: The nuclear science path to sustainable development

Viewpoint: The nuclear science path to sustainable development

Nuclear science and non-power nuclear applications have never been more important, writes Dr. Yuri Seleznev, rector of Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech).

Perspectives 05 January 2021


Message: Looking towards the light of 2021

Message: Looking towards the light of 2021

"It would not be a stretch to describe 2020 as an unforgettable year, with the on-going coronavirus pandemic having caused tremendous suffering and economic hardship across the world, and turning everyone's life upside down," writes World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León. "But this year has shown us that we can come together as a global community to fight a common adversary." Bilbao y León took over the reins of the London-headquartered organisation in October.

Perspectives 30 December 2020


Viewpoint: The actions of the EU Taxonomy jeopardise its ambitions

Viewpoint: The actions of the EU Taxonomy jeopardise its ambitions

The European Commission aims to be a model for promoting sustainable development, building on its demonstrated success in being a low-carbon region among developed countries, but the EU Taxonomy could damage that ambition, writes Philippe Costes, senior adviser at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 22 December 2020


Speech: The business case for nuclear energy

Speech: The business case for nuclear energy

The case for nuclear as a proven source of clean, reliable and sustainable electricity supply should be clear to all, but the business case for nuclear is also becoming better understood, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at the New Nuclear Capital 2020 virtual conference yesterday. The following is an abridged version of her presentation.

Perspectives 11 December 2020


Speech: Hosting the world's first fusion power plant

Speech: Hosting the world's first fusion power plant

The UK government announced this week its invitation to local communities to put forward proposals to host the country's prototype fusion energy power plant. The successful site will be home to the construction of STEP - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production - that is targeted for completion by 2040. At a media briefing ahead of the government's announcement, Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, explained why this is an exciting prospect for the whole world.

Perspectives 04 December 2020


Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Effective leadership has always been the key differentiator between marginal and exceptional performance. Now more than ever, those in management roles from first line to senior managers across every key function at nuclear plants and facilities worldwide, need to provide strong, inspirational leadership and a clear direction for their workforce, writes Ingemar Engkvist, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Perspectives 23 November 2020


Speech: The true meaning of innovation

Speech: The true meaning of innovation

Innovation goes beyond gadgets to touch entire energy systems, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at the General Chair’s Special Session of the American Nuclear Society's Winter Meeting yesterday. The session, titled Nuclear Science and Industry: The next transformation, featured a panel of science and industry experts discussing how innovation is transforming both the current fleet of reactors and preparing for a future with advanced reactors, integrated systems, and smarter grids. The following is the text of her speech.

Perspectives 18 November 2020


Speech: Established nuclear countries must lead sustainability drive

Speech: Established nuclear countries must lead sustainability drive

The world needs countries, such as Brazil, to step up and lead the way by expanding their nuclear capacity to help contribute to a sustainable energy future, said Agneta Rising, former director general of World Nuclear Association. She was speaking ahead of the World Nuclear University Short Course World Nuclear Industry Today to be held online in Brazil next week.

Perspectives 10 November 2020


Message: We must cross the bridges that divide us

Message: We must cross the bridges that divide us

"In many ways, the future of nuclear energy is much brighter than it has been for many years. We are evermore recognised and valued for the unique services that nuclear energy offers humanity, and I am immensely proud to have served and lead our industry through these exciting times," writes Agneta Rising, outgoing director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 27 October 2020