Canada and Europe team up to drive new nuclear

January 28, 2021, 9:30AMNuclear News

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and the European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the promotion of advanced nuclear technologies. The agreement, announced on January 27, aims to boost the organizations’ efforts to advance the development, application, and deployment of nuclear energy to meet climate change goals, according to the announcement.

Some specifics: In the MOU, the CNA and FORATOM agree to, among other things, the following:

■ Support the accelerating wave of innovation in nuclear energy and the increasing international activity among the groups’ respective memberships in existing nuclear and the development and deployment of small modular and advanced reactors.

■ Promote innovation in research and development initiatives in key applications, such as medical diagnosis and treatment, and in other economic sectors, including industry, agriculture, resource development, and advanced materials.

■ Champion public awareness, understanding, and engagement around the benefits of nuclear to the climate.

■ Exchange information on relevant announcements related to communications, government decisions, and policy.

■ Provide a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues of concern to members, industry, and the public.

■ Promote the inclusion of nuclear technologies in bilateral Canadian-European dialogues and in multilateral forums.

Signing on: Inking the agreement were John Gorman, CNA president and chief executive officer, and Yves Desbazeille, FORATOM director general. “We are excited to sign this memorandum of understanding with FORATOM,” Gorman said. “Nuclear energy already makes important contributions to combating climate change. This agreement will work to ensuring that nuclear is part of the clean energy mix to meet the climate change challenge on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Desbazeille added, “Climate change is a global challenge. This is why it is important that all regions of the world work together to find solutions. Together, we will be able to send a coordinated message to our policymakers with the goal of demonstrating the important role which different nuclear technologies can play.”

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