At Work: our annual report

At Work is an annual report of the World Nuclear Association's activities. You will find details of the Association's everyday work and plans for the year ahead.

Download the pdf of At Work 2017 Edition.

Year in Review

In 2016 the global nuclear industry continued the steady progress recorded in 2015, with ten new units (totalling 9579 MWe) connected to the grid. Five of these new connections were in China with one each in Russia, Pakistan, India, South Korea and the USA. The dominance of Asian countries and especially China in new nuclear construction evidently remains an important trend.

For the second year running, the industry was on the right path for achieving the Harmony goal of 1000 GWe of new nuclear added to reach 25% of global electricity by 2050. There will be years with fewer units connected than others, but over the next five years we expect to maintain our momentum. However, beyond this time frame the rate needs to expand greatly. Getting more nuclear new build projects under way remains a global industry priority. 

World Nuclear Association works towards this priority through the Harmony programme. This has entered a new stage with the establishment of three work areas: achieving a level playing field in global electricity markets, harmonizing international regulatory processes, and developing a more effective safety paradigm. The Harmony programme is integrated with our existing industry cooperation, nuclear information and communication activities – all of which saw steady improvement in 2016. A special mention
goes to the Regional Workshops led by the CORDEL Working Group and Long Term Operation Task Force, designed to solicit information on the main technical and regulatory issues facing nuclear power plants, which took place in Chicago, USA, and Moscow, Russia.

World Nuclear University continues to provide a unique opportunity for future industry leaders. The 2016 Summer Institute was held in Canada and the University also organised four short courses in Malaysia, South Korea, China and Romania. In terms of new initiatives, our first World Nuclear Performance Report made an important impact. This report series targeted at industry and international organizations provides an up-to-date factual picture of the nuclear power sector today. We also launched the Nuclear Footprints advocacy campaign, a collection of five short animations which describe nuclear energy in terms of everyday issues people care about – such as the environment, public health and the future.

2017 and Beyond

The entering into force of the Paris climate agreement in 2016 was a major milestone in the battle to limit the extent of climate change. Electricity consumption remains on track to double by 2050 and nuclear energy must greatly expand if we are to meet the need for reliable low-carbon generation.

Towards this end the Association will continue to develop the Harmony programme so that governments and industry around the world can remove the barriers to nuclear energy’s growth. Progress is being made on the issue papers on each of the Harmony objectives and, with the involvement of expert groups and key stakeholders, we are aiming to have these ready by the end of 2017. 

We will continue to participate actively in high-level meetings, including international energy, environment and sustainability events, to put nuclear energy on the agenda. In a welcome development the three-yearly conference of the Multinational Design and Evaluation Programme, which brings international regulators and industry experts together to exchange knowledge  on reactor design licensing, will be held alongside our annual Symposium in London, UK in September. We have also been invited to present the Harmony programme at the IAEA ministerial conference in October in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which takes place every four years. 

On the communications front, our online information resources will receive a makeover as our Nuclear Basics pages are refreshed. We are also very proud to be celebrating World Nuclear News’ 10th anniversary this year. We will also be publishing new editions of our flagship Nuclear Fuel Report and the World Nuclear Performance Report, which was launched last year. The World Nuclear University will hold the Summer Institute in Sweden, the Radiation Technology School in Brazil, and short courses in various countries.

In 2017 the World Nuclear Association remains committed and more focused than ever in serving our members’ needs and representing the interests of the global nuclear industry.

Also available: At Work 2014, At Work 2015At Work 2016



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