The NICE Future initiative on 3 June released a new publication, “Pathways to net zero using nuclear innovation: International perspectives on the role of nuclear energy and innovation in reaching our climate targets”, during a side event at the Twelfth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM12) and Mission Innovation (MI-6) Forum, hosted by Chile. The publication features perspectives from ministers and leaders of multi-governmental organisations on the role of nuclear energy and innovation in reaching climate targets.

The NICE Future initiative was launched at the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by Copenhagen in 2018, CEM’s “Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future” (NICE Future) initiative envisions a world in which nuclear energy innovation and uses advance clean energy goals. It recognises that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to energy and fosters collaboration among clean energy supporters in exploring diverse solutions, including nuclear energy technology solutions, for clean and integrated systems of the future.

The new 38-page publication is intended to help policymakers and CEM understand the paths that different participant countries are taking to reach their clean energy goals with the help of nuclear innovation. The first part offers eight country perspectives. These include Canada (by Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada), France (by Philippe Stohr, Energy Division Director, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission – CEA), Japan (by Shinichi Kihara, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, part of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry), Poland (by Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment), Romania (by Virgil-Daniel Popescu, Minister of Energy), Russia (by Polina Lion, Chief Sustainability Officer of Rosatom State Corporation), the UK (by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) and the USA (by Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm).

Part 2 offers five perspectives from international organisations, including the Generation-IV International Forum – GIF (by Chairperson Hideki Kamide), the International Energy Agency (by Executive Director Fatih Birol) the International Atomic Energy Agency (by Director-General Rafael Grossi), the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (by Chairperson Aleshia Duncan) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (by Director-General William D Magwood IV).