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IAEA aims for easier transport of radioactive materials

IAEA aims for easier transport of radioactive materials

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has called for more Member States to appoint a national focal point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials. Speaking during a webinar organised by the independent Transport Facilitation Working Group and hosted last week by World Nuclear Association, he said having more NFPs would result in the smoother transport of radioactive materials around the globe.

Regulation & Safety 26 July 2021


Cross-sector panel embraces spirit of innovation

Cross-sector panel embraces spirit of innovation

Global crises like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change can create a strong impetus for the rapid acceleration of new technological development, panellists at a World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum said this week. Governments also have an important part to play in facilitating the right market conditions to enable innovation to flourish, while effective communication is vital in all sectors.

Energy & Environment 25 June 2021


Governments must lead the way for nuclear, panel says

Governments must lead the way for nuclear, panel says

Government leadership and support from policymakers is needed to instill confidence in the investment community towards nuclear energy, Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association, said yesterday during a side event held as part of the UN Ministerial Thematic Forums for the High-level Dialogue on Energy that will take place in September. The side event - Nuclear energy's contribution to net zero and the sustainable development goals - was organised by World Nuclear Association together with Canadian Nuclear Association, Foratom, the Japan Atomic Industry Forum and the Nuclear Energy Institute, and sponsored by the Clean Energy Ministerial NICE Future initiative.

Nuclear Policies 25 June 2021


Speech: Learning lessons from vaccine development

Speech: Learning lessons from vaccine development

There are important lessons to be learned from the approaches that led to the rapid deployment of vaccines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, James Naismith, professor of structural biology at the University of Oxford and director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, told World Nuclear Association's Thinking Outside the Dome - Strategic eForum on Nuclear Innovation. The following is the text of his speech.

Perspectives 24 June 2021


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