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Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

"The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is prompting dramatic actions from governments, placing great restrictions on people and on business in order to save potentially millions of lives.

At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. It goes without saying that the huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other vital equipment that it proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

Perspectives 27 March 2020


Interview: Nuclear operators face a bright future

Interview: Nuclear operators face a bright future

Leading the World Association of Nuclear Operators at a time when respect is growing for nuclear energy as a reliable and low-carbon source of electricity is an exciting prospect, its new CEO and chairman, respectively, Ingemar Engkvist and Tom Mitchell, said in an interview with World Nuclear News. Speaking at the organisation's London headquarters recently, they said their enthusiasm in leading WANO into its fourth decade reflects not only their passion for the industry but also their optimism about its future.

Perspectives 20 March 2020


Viewpoint: Mind your (nuclear) language

Viewpoint: Mind your (nuclear) language

The nuclear industry cannot assume that the words and phrases it commonly understands as scientific or engineering terms have positive connotations for the public, writes Neil Alexander, principal consultant at Bucephalus Consulting.

"We have all heard that a picture paints a thousand words. This should not be surprising because our mind was always designed to handle images, the face of our mother, the outline of a lion in the savannah, the route from our cave to the berry bush. Images have always been essential to our survival and are bound to be powerful.

Less appreciated is the power of words to create mental pictures and how that affects perceptions of nuclear power."

Perspectives 13 March 2020


Speech: Policy support needed in global energy debate

Speech: Policy support needed in global energy debate

The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week. "Nuclear energy has a vital role to play in a global sustainable energy mix, which must first of all meet the world's growing need for electricity. Over the next 30 years, the global population will rise towards nine billion, the global economy will continue to grow and technological developments will create greater demand for electricity. There is an underlying need for dispatchable electricity. We live in a world that requires a 24/7 supply of electricity and nuclear is uniquely placed to provide this."

Perspectives 05 March 2020


Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Shutting down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant will lead to additional emissions and the loss of thousands of jobs, writes Valérie Faudon, general delegate of the French Nuclear Energy Society.

Perspectives 04 March 2020


Speech: Regulatory harmonisation for SMRs 

Speech: Regulatory harmonisation for SMRs 

Regulators must explore the possibility of harmonising international requirements for advanced and small modular reactor design evaluation and licensing, says Rumina Velshi, CNSC president and CEO.

Perspectives 12 February 2020


Viewpoint: Australia must embrace nuclear power

Viewpoint: Australia must embrace nuclear power

Australia has three electricity futures - coal, nuclear or chaos. It's time to bring Australia into the 21st century by aggressively embracing the nuclear one, writes Terry McCrann, business columnist with The Australian newspaper.

The prime minister's thought bubble that a future could be crafted out of some hybrid mix of gas generation and so-called renewables is an embarrassingly inefficient and unworkable dead-end. The idea that we could go all renewables - with assorted batteries from the Tesla version in South Australia to the Turnbull one in the Snowy included - is a fantasy; it would be the embracing of the third future: chaos.

Perspectives 03 February 2020


Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Developing countries are unable to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power owing to a lack of involvement from development finance institutions, but small modular reactors may provide the key, write Elina Teplinsky and Sid Fowler of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Over the next decade, the world faces two significant interrelated challenges. First, developing countries must increase electric generation to provide their citizens with access to affordable, reliable energy. Second, all nations face the urgent need to rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Perspectives 27 January 2020


Viewpoint: The strategic perspective of Barakah

Viewpoint: The strategic perspective of Barakah

As the United Arab Emirates' Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation, I am proud to have been given the opportunity to engage with responsible nations around the world for the promotion of peaceful nuclear energy, writes Hamad Alkaabi.

Perspectives 22 January 2020


Viewpoint: The atom made Sweden a climate hero

Viewpoint: The atom made Sweden a climate hero

Sweden has been a great nation for many decades thanks, not to military might nor financial muscle, but to its energy policy. A leader in sustainable development, the country undeniably proved that it is possible to cut emissions dramatically and increase living standards. And it proved this long before climate change became the political issue it is today, write Agneta Rising and John Lindberg, respectively, director general and writer & analyst at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 13 January 2020