The Harmony programme

World Nuclear Association has led the development of the global nuclear industry's vision for the future of electricity, Harmony. This is based on International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2-degree scenario which is aiming to avoid the most damaging consequences of climate change and is requiring a large increase in nuclear energy. Harmony envisages a diverse mix of low carbon generating technologies deployed in such a manner that the benefits of each are maximised while the negative impacts are minimised. The target for nuclear energy is to provide 25% of electricity in 2050, requiring roughly 1000 GWe of new nuclear capacity to be constructed - depending on other factors like reactor retirements and electricity demand growth.

Achieving 1000 GWe of new build by 2050 will require a cooperative effort by many industry players in many fields of activity. Rather than focusing on technology, it is vital that the global industry identifies and focuses on demolishing the real barriers to growth.

The following objectives are key to achieving the Harmony goal. The global nuclear industry - and all its surrounding stakeholders - should seek to realise:

  • A level playing field. Where countries introduce technology neutral market frameworks that permit all low-carbon technologies, valuing not only levelised costs, but also system reliability and environmental benefits. 
  • Harmonised regulatory processes. Realising benefits from global codes & standards and more efficient licensing of current and new technology.
  • An effective safety paradigm. Increasing genuine public wellbeing by reducing emissions from polluting sources, and ensuring high nuclear safety standards are met.

Each of these Harmony project areas will identify and focus on solution-oriented responses and seek to unite the whole nuclear community – from research, government, regulation, design, operation, decommissioning and waste management – to play their respective roles towards a common goal.

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