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The World Nuclear News podcast launches

The World Nuclear News podcast launches

In the first edition of the new monthly World Nuclear News podcast, Sama Bilbao y León sets out the opportunities and challenges facing the industry - and says many countries are finally becoming serious about nuclear. John Lindberg sorts fact from fiction on radiation, and the uranium sector is in focus as the month’s news is reviewed.

Perspectives 04 May 2022


Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

The application and interpretation of the same safety objectives into specific national regulatory requirements and guidance result in significant differences between the same reactor design when deployed in different countries, writes Claude Mayoral. A more harmonised approach to regulation will be needed to enable the widespread deployment of small modular and advanced reactor designs.

Perspectives 13 January 2022


Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Nuclear energy offers a "golden opportunity" to create a cleaner and more equitable world, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said today at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. However, she noted there are three major challenges hindering the nuclear industry in making its full potential contribution towards sustainable development and combatting climate change: financing, perception and regulation.

Energy & Environment 30 November 2021


Viewpoint: COP26 pivotal point in perception of nuclear energy

Viewpoint: COP26 pivotal point in perception of nuclear energy

While pledges made during the recent COP26 climate change conference show that governments are committed to limiting the rise in global temperature, the nuclear industry is ready to play its part in achieving those objectives, says World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León.

Perspectives 19 November 2021


Message: Nuclear industry calls for successful conclusion to COP26

Message: Nuclear industry calls for successful conclusion to COP26

World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León has called for more action, not more rhetoric, to come out of the ongoing COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. In a video address, she said the important role nuclear energy plays in combatting climate change still needs more recognition. A transcript of her video message follows.

Perspectives 10 November 2021


Nuclear a vital tool in achieving decarbonisation, panel says

Nuclear a vital tool in achieving decarbonisation, panel says

Nuclear energy provides enormous opportunities to bring about a fast, cost-effective and just decarbonisation, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said yesterday in a COP26 event titled The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Net-Zero Future. Innovations in technologies - such as small modular reactors - and new ways of financing projects will help nuclear play its role in decarbonising the world, participants said.

Energy & Environment 05 November 2021


Nuclear fuel report sees positive long-term future

Nuclear fuel report sees positive long-term future

World nuclear generating capacity is set to continue its upward trend with demand for uranium fuel increasing over the period to 2040, according to the projections in the latest edition of World Nuclear Association's Nuclear Fuel Report. Uranium resources are more than enough to meet that demand, but intense development of new projects will be needed in the current decade to avoid potential supply disruptions.

Uranium & Fuel 08 September 2021


2020 highlighted nuclear's resilience, says World Nuclear Association

2020 highlighted nuclear's resilience, says World Nuclear Association

Nuclear reactors generated a total 2553 TWh of electricity in 2020, down from 2657 TWh in 2019, according to the latest World Nuclear Performance Report released by the World Nuclear Association. Despite the small decline, the Association's Director General, Sama Bilbao y León, said "the resilience and flexibility shown by the global nuclear fleet tell a very positive story."

Nuclear Policies 02 September 2021


Viewpoint: Why is Sweden's government sacrificing its democratic tradition on nuclear waste?

Viewpoint: Why is Sweden's government sacrificing its democratic tradition on nuclear waste?

The Swedish government must make a decision on the application to construct a final high-level waste repository and not consider it separately from that for an expansion of the existing Clab interim repository for used fuel, write World Nuclear Association's Director General Sama Bilbao y León and Public Affairs Manager John Lindberg. Dividing the applications, they say, is a political game of 'Fox and Geese' that is extremely unworthy of an established democracy like Sweden.

Perspectives 25 August 2021


Message: Nuclear must be represented at COP26, says World Nuclear Association

Message: Nuclear must be represented at COP26, says World Nuclear Association

Nuclear energy must get a fair representation at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties to be held 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León has said in an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma. The full text of the 16 August letter is as follows.

Perspectives 17 August 2021