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Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

Perspectives 26 February 2021


Viewpoint: Japan needs nuclear power to reduce its energy plight

Viewpoint: Japan needs nuclear power to reduce its energy plight

The harsh winter at the turn of 2021 has made the case for nuclear power stronger than ever, writes Masakazu Toyoda, CEO and chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan.

Perspectives 17 February 2021


Speech: Nuclear beyond electricity

Speech: Nuclear beyond electricity

Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Perspectives 15 February 2021


Viewpoint: How to make the Emerald Isle green

Viewpoint: How to make the Emerald Isle green

The Republic of Ireland has a legislative ban on nuclear power, but the climate emergency is an opportunity to look with fresh eyes at this untapped potential. 18for0 estimates that introducing 18% nuclear energy to the country's electricity mix could eliminate fossil fuels from the power sector and achieve decarbonisation by 2037. 18for0 is a group of professionals, all volunteers, concerned about the credibility of Ireland's current proposals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Jerry Waugh, one of its members, describes the group's preliminary study on how this could be achieved.

Perspectives 01 February 2021


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