World Nuclear Association releases White Paper

Building a stronger tomorrow: Nuclear power in the post-pandemic world

For immediate release 9 July 2020

World Nuclear Association has released a new White Paper outlining why nuclear projects should be part of the economic and employment recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a window of opportunity for governments to invest in nuclear energy to address the immediate crisis caused by coronavirus, and to prevent future crises by dealing with bigger, chronic problems, such as climate change, air pollution and energy poverty. Investment in nuclear energy would therefore not only be socially responsible, but also help to future-proof the economies and societies. Investment in nuclear energy brings multiple benefits and offers an opportunity to build a cleaner and more equitable future.

Against this backdrop, World Nuclear Association calls upon policymakers to:

  • Consider nuclear and its socio-economic, environmental and public health benefits in any energy transition plan, and enact policies to ensure the realization of the many benefits of nuclear energy;
  • Accelerate the implementation of the 108 reactors which are already planned by governments, as well as ensuring the long-time operations for the 290 reactors which have been operational for 30+ years;
  • Unlock finance by providing the appropriate frameworks that will drive investment and provide better value for consumers.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Agneta Rising, Director General of World Nuclear Association said,

“There are ‘shovel-ready’ nuclear projects which, with the right support, could provide immediate employment and create long-term high-value jobs.

“Further projects ensuring the long-term operation of existing nuclear reactors would benefit the economy and the environment. Securing continued generation from these reactors is the most cost-effective way to generate decarbonized electricity.

“These projects can all play a crucial role in the post-pandemic recovery, and each and every one will create considerable societal benefits, but to ensure these are realized we must put mechanisms in place to value nuclear’s unique attributes.“


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World Nuclear Association is the international organisation that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy among key international influencers by producing authoritative information, developing common industry positions, and contributing to the energy debate, as well as to pave the way for expanding nuclear business.

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