Agneta Rising, outgoing director general of the World Nuclear Association, wrote in an October 27 World Nuclear News article that nuclear power is an essential part of the climate change solution, even if it is not part of the conversation in the European Union. “In many ways, the future of nuclear energy is much brighter than it has been for many years. We are evermore recognized and valued for the unique services that nuclear energy offers humanity, and I am immensely proud to have served and led our industry through these exciting times," said Rising in a farewell message that recapped her time as WNA director general.
Moving forward: Rising added that the “nuclear industry must stop focusing on convincing the public about its safety. The first 20 years of my career were spent on convincing people that nuclear is not a threat to the environment. Now we should focus on why in fact the environment needs nuclear energy, as well as on its societal benefits, its economic strengths, clean air, and reliability."
What’s next: Rising is stepping down from her position at the end of the month. Sama Bilbao y León, an ANS member since 1994, will assume the role of director general on November 1.