RUS | ENG | All
Enter the email or login, that you used for registration.
If you do not remember your password, simply leave this field blank and you will receive a new, along with a link to activate.

Not registered yet?
Welcome!

2021-05-04 12:30:00

NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

WNN - 30 April 2021 - Nuclear energy is "a key pillar" of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Léon said today during the launch of Rosatom's Atoms for Humanity initiative. However, she said the benefits to society of nuclear science and technology beyond that of electricity generation need to be more widely appreciated.

Bilbao y Léon was speaking at the initiative's launch event, titled Why Humanity Needs Nuclear. The discussion centred on the social, environmental and global partnerships aspects of the UN SDGs. It was moderated by Kirsty Gogan, managing partner at Lucid Catalyst and a co-founder of Terra Praxis.

"As the world becomes more organised and the number of countries that enter the middle-income bracket increases, the aspirations of individuals are also going to increase," Bilbao y Léon said. Education, stable jobs, better diet, better healthcare, access to cultural and leisure activities all contribute to sustainable development, she noted. However, energy - particularly nuclear energy - will be "super important".

Gogan said one of the core SGDs relates to gender equality. "But also, it's about public health and wellbeing, and again this is absolutely essential to the sustainable development goals. I think nuclear energy can contribute really meaningfully to both of those objectives."

Beyond energy supply

"Nuclear energy per se obviously contributes to having this reliable, resilient, 24/7 energy supply that we know is absolutely indispensable to power modern health infrastructure," Bilbao y Léon said. "We are in the middle of this very terrible COVID-19 pandemic and we are seeing how essential having that access to 24/7 electricity is to cope with this crisis.

"The fact that nuclear energy is a very low emissions technology is going to ensure that we have clean air, clean water and that we have plenty of open space to actually enjoy and have healthy communities." However, she said many people do not appreciate the "incredibly important role" nuclear science and technology plays beyond electricity supply.

Gogan agreed, saying: "It is not well-known or understood that this is about much more than just emissions-free, clean, reliable, affordable electricity."

Bilbao y Léon noted nuclear science and technology is used in many fields other than energy: for example, in health and medicine, agriculture, in art, in environmental protection and in archaeology. In developed countries, the use of nuclear medical procedures - from dental x-rays to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers - is commonplace. Every day, more than 15 million people around the world undergo nuclear medicine procedures that either improve their quality of life or are in fact life-saving, she said.

Job opportunities for all

"The reality is there is a tremendous need for skilled technicians, engineers, physicists, radiation experts and nuclear medicine specialists that need to be there to provide the support for the implementation of nuclear technology and science for the benefit of society," Bilbao y Léon said. "We are going to have a very high number of highly rewarding, well-paid, long-term jobs that are going to be within the context of nuclear science and technology."

Nuclear energy projects normally provide an "enormous catalyst" for economic and socioeconomic development in the surrounding region, she said. However, a "trickle-down in society" means such projects attract additional technologies and innovations which call for additional needs for education and support industries. "There is a myriad of very interesting, challenging and rewarding well-paid careers that are going to come next to nuclear projects."

Bilbao y Léon emphasised the importance of bringing women into these jobs and careers. "Unfortunately, in places where there is no easy access to affordable and reliable 24/7 electricity, often women get stuck doing some menial jobs and they are not given the opportunity to have access to the time, education and opportunities they may otherwise have had to really contribute to society as a whole. I truly think giving them access to this additional education in science, technology, maths and engineering is going to allow these women - together with the access to 24/7 electricity - to explore new opportunities to develop and contribute to society."

When Gogan asked what the motivation is for young people to choose a career in the nuclear sector, Bilbao y Léon said: "You have engineers who are doing exciting work and they see that, thanks to that, nuclear power plants are working reliably, safely and cost-effectively and producing electricity day-in and day-out. They are proud of this contribution they are bringing to society. And it's the same for people working in medicine. These doctors and radiation technicians are helping diagnose diseases and making people better. It's so satisfying to go home every day saying 'Today I made people's lives a little bit better'."

-----


Earlier:

NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, April, 22, 11:45:00
NUCLEAR IN EUROPE
Nuclear energy is the largest (26.7% in 2019) single source of low-carbon energy in the EU, ahead of hydro (12.3%), wind (13.3%), solar (4.4%) and other (0.5%).
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, April, 1, 12:20:00
NUCLEAR DECARBONISATION
Grossi said nuclear energy is a longstanding source of low-carbon electricity, has innovative solutions for further decarbonisation, and it enables renewable energy to be more effective.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, April, 1, 12:15:00
NUCLEAR WITHOUT CARBON
Nuclear power is relatively expensive and some environmental groups worry about accidents and the storing of spent fuel, which is dangerous. Still, it’s the only source of carbon-free power that can run around the clock.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, March, 30, 12:25:00
NUCLEAR FOR CLIMATE
"The analyses did not reveal any science-based evidence that nuclear energy does more harm to human health or to the environment than other electricity production technologies already included in the Taxonomy as activities supporting climate change mitigation,"
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, March, 17, 14:25:00
NUCLEAR RELIABILITY
Nuclear power and renewables can, if planned properly, be exemplary partners as we strive towards building a clean energy world following the pandemic, while ensuring that we do so without leaving a large percentage of world's population behind.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, March, 15, 10:35:00
NUCLEAR ENERGY IS IMPORTANT COMPONENT
Nuclear energy is an "indispensable tool" for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It has a crucial role in providing affordable energy and climate change mitigation, as well as eliminating poverty, achieving zero hunger, providing clean water, economic growth, and industry innovation.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, March, 10, 12:10:00
NUCLEAR POWER COMPETITIVENESS
Fukushima has certainly left its mark on the nuclear industry. When the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami occurred on March 11, 2011, there were 54 nuclear reactors in Japan.
All Publications »
Tags: NUCLEAR, CLIMATE
Chronicle:
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:24:00
Ключевые компании водородной индустрии России и стран СНГ уже подтвердили участие
350+ руководителей, заинтересованных в развитии водородной энергетики из России и СНГ, уже подтвердили свое участие в международной конференции и выставке «Водород Россия и СНГ», которая пройдёт 20-21 октября 2021 в Москве.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:20:00
GERMANY'S RENEWABLES 239 TWH
The German transmission systems operators (TSOs) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW anticipate the installation of 8.2 GW of renewable energy capacity in 2022 and a renewable power production increase by 5% to 239 TWh
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:15:00
POLISH NUCLEAR FOR CLIMATE
Poland, which generates 70% of its electricity from coal, has plans to build several nuclear power reactors to greatly reduce its reliance on the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel and meet climate goals,
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:10:00
DENMARK OFFSHORE WIND 3 GW
The offshore wind project at the Bornholm island may have an installed capacity of 3 GW, instead of 2 GW.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:05:00
VIETNAM COAL POWER WILL UP
The draft Power Development Plan 8 (PDP 8) of Vietnam forecasts an installed capacity of 144 GW in 2030, with coal-fired power plants accounting for 31% of the country's installed capacity in 2030.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 18, 12:00:00
U.S. RIGS UP 10 TO 543
U.S. Rig Count is up 10 from last week to 543 , Canada Rig Count is up 1 from last week to 168.
NUCLEAR POWER: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
2021, October, 15, 09:40:00
OIL PRICE: ABOVE $84
Brent rose 62 cents, or 0.7%, to $84.62 a barrel. WTI rose 56 cents, or 0.7%, to $81.87 a barrel.
All Publications »