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CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

For small modular reactors to play their part in the clean energy transition, it is crucial that vendors and regulators engage early to clarify the degree of design maturity required to start the licensing process, according to a new report published today by World Nuclear Association. National regulators should collaborate through bilateral and multinational agreements on design and safety reviews, share technical reviews, establish common positions on safety criteria, and make appropriate use of existing reference SMR design reviews to streamline SMR licensing processes, it says.

Regulation & Safety 08 June 2021


Nuclear innovation highlighted at CEM12

Nuclear innovation highlighted at CEM12

Leaders in the nuclear sector yesterday discussed how nuclear energy can contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the fight against climate change during a panel discussion on the sidelines of the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial being hosted by Chile. They said technological breakthroughs and innovations can extend nuclear energy's contribution to climate action and accelerate strategies to cleaner energy. The discussion was moderated by Kirsty Gogan, managing partner at Lucid Catalyst and a co-founder of Terra Praxis.

Energy & Environment 04 June 2021


ENEN launches Master's course on nuclear safeguards 

ENEN launches Master's course on nuclear safeguards 

A new Master's degree programme, launched as part of the European Safeguards Training and Education project, will help ensure academics and safeguards inspectors "stay connected and do not drift away from each other", Massimo Aparo, head of the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said today.

Regulation & Safety 25 May 2021


Viewpoint: Recalibrating nuclear risk

Viewpoint: Recalibrating nuclear risk

Life is a risky business. We are exposed to an unending cascade of risks, with some deemed “worse” than others, writes John Lindberg of World Nuclear Association. Since the 1970s, a considerable amount of psychological research dedicated to understanding why we often ignore some of the statistically biggest risks (e.g. driving, smoking), whilst fearing some of the smallest (e.g. nuclear power), has concluded that factors such as emotions, mental imagery, and trust, are central to the way we assess risks. Few risks elicit as strong a response as radiation, especially when in connection with nuclear power, largely thanks to its invisibility, links with cancer, and media portrayals.

Perspectives 27 May 2021


IEA assessment of nuclear 'impractical', says World Nuclear Association

IEA assessment of nuclear 'impractical', says World Nuclear Association

The International Energy Agency's Net Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario puts too much faith in technologies that are "uncertain, untested or unreliable" and fails to reflect both the size and scope of the contribution that nuclear technologies could make, World Nuclear Association said today. "Given that more than 60% of the world's electricity is currently generated by fossil fuels, if we are to eliminate them in less than 30 years, the IEA's assessment of the role of nuclear is highly impractical," it said.

Energy & Environment 18 May 2021


Nuclear makes net zero a realistic goal, industry tells policymakers

Nuclear makes net zero a realistic goal, industry tells policymakers

World leaders have a critical opportunity at the G7 and Pre-COP summits "to set a bold new direction" in the fight against climate change, six nuclear industry groups say in an open letter published today. The letter was signed by the heads of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Europe's Foratom, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the USA's Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK's Nuclear Industry Association and World Nuclear Association - respectively, John Gorman, Yves Desbazeille, Shiro Arai, Maria Korsnick, Tom Greatrex and Sama Bilbao y León.

Energy & Environment 14 May 2021


Anniversary: Building on 20 years of success, the next decade will be crucial for nuclear power

Anniversary: Building on 20 years of success, the next decade will be crucial for nuclear power

The 20th anniversary of World Nuclear Association provides us with a golden opportunity to reflect on the years that have passed, and to look ahead to the future. On 15 May 2001, the then Uranium Institute - a trade association dedicated to the nuclear fuel cycle - was transformed into World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 14 May 2021


Nuclear's contribution to SDGs is undervalued, says Bilbao y León

Nuclear's contribution to SDGs is undervalued, says Bilbao y León

Nuclear energy is "a key pillar" of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said today during the launch of Rosatom's Atoms for Humanity initiative. However, she said the benefits to society of nuclear science and technology beyond that of electricity generation need to be more widely appreciated.

Energy & Environment 30 April 2021


Climate leaders must include nuclear in net-zero debate

Climate leaders must include nuclear in net-zero debate

The Canadian Nuclear Association, Europe's Foratom, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the USA's Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK's Nuclear Industry Association and World Nuclear Association have issued a joint statement ahead of the Leaders Summit on Climate that starts today. At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, world leaders will convene for the two-day event to galvanise efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy & Environment 22 April 2021


UNECE workshop hears nuclear has key role in hydrogen production

UNECE workshop hears nuclear has key role in hydrogen production

Nuclear energy can be used to produce low-carbon hydrogen via several efficient processes, King Lee of the World Nuclear Association told a workshop yesterday organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Speaking as vice-chair of the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems, Lee said nuclear energy will play an important role as part of a low-carbon energy mix for the transition to net zero.

Energy & Environment 25 March 2021