Press Statements

Press statements issued by the World Nuclear Association

Call for action on nuclear energy (14 September 2017)

World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising today called on governments, expert bodies and the nuclear industry to do more to ensure that nuclear energy can make the full contribution that society requires to meet its future clean energy needs.

Nuclear energy is better than blackouts – Taiwan’s lesson for South Korea (23 August 2017)

On 16 August half of Taiwan was affected by a blackout – some 6.6 million households and businesses – after an unplanned shutdown at a gas plant took the country’s fragile electricity system over the edge. Yet the government is standing by its policy of phasing out nuclear by 2025 and using existing reactors as little as possible.

New report: Nuclear reactor performance improves, but more new build required (28 June 2017)

More than 9 GWe of new nuclear capacity came online in 2016, the largest annual increase for over 25 years and global nuclear generation rose for the fourth successive year. However, if nuclear is going to make a full contribution to future clean electricity supply, action is needed in three key areas: establishing a level playing field in electricity markets; building harmonized regulatory processes; and creating an effective safety paradigm.

These are the conclusions of the World Nuclear Performance Report 2017, which is published today.

IEA calls for clear support for nuclear (6 June 2017)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for nuclear energy to receive “clear and consistent policy support for existing and new capacity, including clean energy incentive schemes for development of nuclear alongside other clean forms of energy.”

Barakah Unit 1 construction completion a great achievement (5 May 2017)

Barakah Unit 1, the first nuclear reactor in the United Arab Emirates, has completed initial construction activities. World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said; “The completion of initial construction of the first nuclear reactor at Barakah is a great achievement. I commend the efforts of all those involved in achieving this milestone.”

World Nuclear Association announces new board members (25 April 2017)

World Nuclear Association is pleased to announce new appointments to our board of management, George Borovas, Shearman & Sterling and Guillaume Dureau,  AREVA. Furthermore, Kirill Komarov, ROSATOM has been elected to the position of Vice Chairman.

International partnerships vital for UK nuclear energy (27 January 2017)

The UK must ensure that any actions taken regarding its membership of the Euratom treaty as part of the Brexit process includes a smooth transition for its current nuclear industry and allows the UK leadership as an international partner in new nuclear development to continue.

New Report: Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring (9 January 2017)

Nuclear power is an economic source of electricity generation, combining reliability, low greenhouse gas emissions and long-term cost competitiveness. The operating costs of existing plants are usually very competitive  and these plants function well with a high degree of predictability. These are the conclusions of a new report issued by the World Nuclear Association.

Future Energy Jobs Bill to support clean energy, secure jobs (2 December 2016)

The Future Energy Jobs Bill has passed through the Senate of Illinois, United States, with measures to support the continued operation of nuclear power plants as part of a package to support clean energy in the region. 

Swiss nuclear referendum result is pro-science and pro-climate (28 November 2016)

On Sunday the 27th of November, the Swiss public voted in favour of letting the country’s fleet of nuclear power reactors operate for longer than 45 years, based on regulatory approval.

Nuclear must be part of the international response to climate change (17 November 2016)

Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association has called on parties to make it clear that nuclear energy will be part of their response to succeed in action on climate change.

Nuclear key to a clean energy future: IEA World Energy Outlook (16 November 2016)

Nuclear energy is an important pillar of a future energy system aimed at meeting the world’s growing energy needs and avoiding the worst effects of climate change, according to a new report published today by the International Energy Agency.

Nuclear energy needed to enable Paris Agreement objectives to be met (4 November 2016)

The Paris Agreement will require ambitious action across all sectors. A priority should be the decarbonisation of the electricity supply sector, using nuclear energy in harmony with other forms of low carbon generation.

Launch of World Nuclear Performance Report 2016 - Asia Edition (25 October 2016)

World Nuclear Association launches a special update to its 2016 World Nuclear Performance Report focusing on developments in Asia.

World Energy Congress: World Nuclear Association Director General to speak on how to deliver on the Paris Agreement (6 October 2016)

The ratification of the Paris Agreement commits governments to making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change. This can only happen if we use all sources of low-carbon electricity, including nuclear energy, according to Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association

Hinkley Point C approval (15 September 2016)

Agneta Rising said, "Today's annoucement is good news for nuclear energy in the UK and Europe. The Hinkley Point C project demonstrates the value of international cooperation in new nuclear build"

Go-ahead for multinational investment in the UK’s first 21st century nuclear power plant (28 July 2016)

EDF have announced the go-ahead for Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power plant that will generate 7% of the UK’s electricity, avoid 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and create over 25,000 new employment opportunities.

World Nuclear Performance Report 2016 launch (21 June 2016)

World Nuclear Association launches its report providing key metrics on nuclear power plant performance and reviewing recent developments in the global nuclear industry.

Sweden Abolishes Nuclear Capacity Tax (10 June 2016)

Sweden has announced it will phase out its nuclear capacity tax. Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association said, “It is excellent news that this tax will be removed, but it should never have been implemented in such a way as to distort the market and put at risk the operation of Sweden’s nuclear power plants, which provide affordable and reliable electricity and form a vital part of its low carbon generation mix.

Policies on nuclear plant are failing the environment (3 June 2016)

Well-performing generation plant provide valuable jobs, secure electricity supplies and help meet our clean air environmental objectives. It is vital that energy policy reforms are enacted to prevent further closures.

New nuclear grid connections double - now policy support is needed to deliver more (2 June 2016)

Improvements in nuclear construction times are now making climate goals more achievable than previously thought, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

The report states that “policy support is needed to encourage long-term operation of the existing fleet and construction of new plants, given their vital contribution to GHG emissions reductions, as well as their contribution to energy security."

Royal Commission’s conclusions create middle-ground in the nuclear waste discourse (9 May 2016)

The report of the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has fundamentally changed the nature of the global nuclear waste discourse.

South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (15 February 2016)

The World Nuclear Association supports the Tentative Findings of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission that: “South Australia can safely increase its participation in nuclear activities and, by doing so, significantly improve the economic welfare of the South Australian community.”

Nuclear energy needed to achieve ambitious goals (15 Dec 2015)

The COP 21 agreement has given a very strong signal that future investment in the energy sector should move rapidly towards low carbon technologies.

Nuclear industry stands ready to help tackle climate change (9 Dec 2015)

"The nuclear industry stands ready to deliver more to help tackle climate change. Nuclear generation could provide 25% of the world's electricity with low carbon generation by having 1000 gigawatts of new build by 2050."

Energy for Tomorrow: time to recognise nuclear energy's vital climate change role (8 Dec 2015)

The vital role of nuclear energy in combating climate change is being taken for granted by too many governments and energy experts. This silence on nuclear energy in discussions on climate change is misleading the public.

1000 Gigawatts of new nuclear capacity will support an ambitious COP 21 agreement (30 Nov 2015)

The COP 21 negotiations in Paris should reach an agreement that encourages a transition to a low carbon society by making better use of nuclear energy alongside other mitigation options.

World Nuclear Association welcomes Hinkley Point C announcement (21 Oct 2015)

Hinkley Point C will be the first of a series of projects bringing the world’s best new nuclear technology to the UK to cut carbon emissions, provide reliable electricity and secure affordable electricity for the future.

New study shows nuclear generation to grow but more must be done (10 Sept 2015)

Global nuclear generation capacity is set to grow from today's 379 GWe to 552 GWe by 2035, according to the reference scenario of the World Nuclear Association Nuclear Fuel Report.

Japan reactor restart finally puts the country on the road to recovery (11 Aug 2015)

"Today Japan has reminded the world that it is committed to creating a better future" - said Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association in response to the restart of the Sendai unit 1 nuclear reactor.

Austrian nuclear objection undermines right of energy choice (6 July 2015)

"It is one thing to have an opinion, it is quite another to try and force your opinion on someone else." - said Agneta Rising Director General of the World Nuclear Association in response to the action launched today by the Austrian government against the UK nuclear programme. 

Markets must recognise energy benefits (22 Apr 2015)

Governments must take action to ensure that the lights will stay on decades into the future and policies are needed to steer us to an environmentally sound energy mix. 

Nuclear industry must act to meet the challenge of climate change (17 Mar 2015)

The nuclear industry must stand ready to meet the challenge of supplying the growing demand for low carbon electricity that must result from the forthcoming COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris. 

Willingness to explore the facts about nuclear energy shows Australia is waking up (10 Feb 2015)

World Nuclear Association  applauds news of a Royal Commission to assess whether South Australia should expand the role of nuclear energy, as announced on Sunday (8 February) by state Premier Jay Weatherill. This will lead to an objective assessment of the facts about nuclear energy.

IEA/OECD NEA says nuclear global capacity must more than double (29 Jan 2015)

The new Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap published by the IEA and OECD NEA says nuclear energy allows countries to build scalable, efficient and long-term power sources that can serve as a base to underpin other forms of low-carbon generation. The report says nuclear global capacity must more than double by 2050, with nuclear supplying 17% of global electricity generation by then, to meet the IEA 2 Degree Scenario for the most effective and efficient means of limiting global temperature rise.

Asia's projected $781 billion nuclear energy investment needs continuing international cooperation (15 Jan 2015)

Continuing the strong cooperation between Chinese and international nuclear companies will ensure that China can play its part in the global nuclear supply chain. WNA Director General Agneta Rising said: "We must build on the international partnerships forged in developing China's nuclear generation programme so that China can play its part in delivering the global expansion of clean and reliable nuclear energy the world so clearly needs."