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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


UK includes new nuclear in 'green industrial revolution'

UK includes new nuclear in 'green industrial revolution'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a 10-point plan that he says can be "a global template" for delivering net-zero emissions. Point 3 of the plan is the government's commitment to develop new nuclear power, from large-scale to small and advanced modular reactors. This includes investment of GBP525 million (USD696 million) for "the next generation of small and advanced reactors".

Nuclear Policies 18 November 2020


S&P sees limited role for nuclear in EU energy transition

S&P sees limited role for nuclear in EU energy transition

The European Union's clean energy transition "leaves a number of legacy technologies on the side" with an approach that is "more political economy than market economy", an analyst from S&P Global Ratings’ Infrastructure and Utilities practice said this week.

Energy & Environment 18 November 2020


Cameco sees opportunities following COVID curtailments

Cameco sees opportunities following COVID curtailments

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global uranium production, adding to supply curtailments that have occurred in the industry for many years, Cameco said in its quarterly update yesterday. The risk to uranium supply is greater than the risk to demand that over time is expected to create a renewed focus on security of supply, the company said.

Corporate 05 November 2020


Now is the time to invest in new nuclear, says Bilbao y León

Now is the time to invest in new nuclear, says Bilbao y León

Recent moves to decarbonise the electricity supply system have overall been ineffective, said Sama Bilbao y León, the new director general of the World Nuclear Association, in a presentation during Singapore International Energy Week 2020. The coronavirus pandemic, she said, has given countries the opportunity to plan for low-carbon, resilient and affordable energy systems.

Nuclear Policies 30 October 2020


EU Commission will not hinder pro-nuclear countries, says Timmermans

EU Commission will not hinder pro-nuclear countries, says Timmermans

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, today reiterated that all clean technologies, including nuclear, will be needed for a low-carbon economic recovery, while Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission, stressed that the Commission “would not stand in the way” of EU Member States that support nuclear power. Timmermans was speaking as Birol's guest in the latest edition of the IEA's Big Ideas speaker series

Energy & Environment 26 October 2020


Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

A "solid group" of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat last week.

Energy & Environment 19 October 2020


IEA report highlights need for 'new momentum' behind nuclear power

IEA report highlights need for 'new momentum' behind nuclear power

A surge in well-designed energy policies is needed to put the world on track for a resilient energy system that can meet climate goals, the International Energy Agency said today. Unveiling the latest edition of its flagship publication, the Paris-based organisation noted that worldwide low-carbon electricity generation from nuclear and renewable energies had exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time last year.

Nuclear Policies 13 October 2020


UK companies call on government to support nuclear in COVID recovery

UK companies call on government to support nuclear in COVID recovery

Nuclear - including advanced and small modular reactors - can play a positive role in helping to rebuild the post-COVID economy while also helping combat climate change, Urenco and U-Battery Ltd have said in a submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee inquiry on post-pandemic economic growth.

Nuclear Policies 13 October 2020


Uranium market is coping with impact of the pandemic

Uranium market is coping with impact of the pandemic

Most respondents to UxC's annual summer survey agreed that the uranium market has so far managed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, and is proving robust, despite some initial issues with mine production. There is general consensus that the crisis will not harm the future of nuclear power, UxC said.

Uranium & Fuel 08 October 2020