Perspectives

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Viewpoint: The global impact of Barakah

Viewpoint: The global impact of Barakah

The United Arab Emirates has shown it is possible to build a new civilian nuclear energy programme from scratch within little more than a decade. Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of this feat for the global nuclear industry.

Perspectives 07 April 2021


Speech: Decade of delivery for the climate

Speech: Decade of delivery for the climate

Focused collaboration must be at the heart of international efforts on climate change so that this decade can be one, not of deliberation, but of delivery, COP26 President Alok Sharma said at the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit yesterday. The following is an abridged version of his opening address to delegates.

Perspectives 01 April 2021


Message: 7 EU leaders urge support for nuclear

Message: 7 EU leaders urge support for nuclear

The leaders of seven European Union Member States have written to the European Commission on the role of nuclear power in EU climate and energy policy. The full text of the 19 March letter - which was addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president, Mairead McGuinness, commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, and Kadri Simson, commissioner for Energy - is as follows.

Perspectives 25 March 2021


Viewpoint: Nuclear can weather any storm

Viewpoint: Nuclear can weather any storm

The ability of nuclear energy to stabilise electricity systems and secure the grid is all the more essential in an increasingly unpredictable weather world, write Bryan Hanson, executive vice president and chief generation officer at Exelon, Bohdan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at ČEZ Group, and Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 16 March 2021


Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

The slow-down in the development of nuclear energy globally, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, poses dire consequences for our fight against climate change, global human health and the resilience of global electricity systems, writes Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 09 March 2021


Viewpoint: Nuclear in the fourth industrial revolution

Viewpoint: Nuclear in the fourth industrial revolution

The nuclear energy industry will continue to innovate and adopt advanced technologies to constantly improve the way nuclear power plants generate efficient, reliable and carbon-free electricity to power an increasingly interconnected world, writes Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of the Installed Base Business Unit at Framatome.

Perspectives 04 March 2021


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