World Energy Council calls for ‘effective’ nuclear governance

It is vital to have an “effective global governance” of the nuclear power industry to restore the public’s trust in the sector. That’s the view of the World Energy Council, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

It is vital to have an “effective global governance” of the nuclear power industry to restore the public’s trust in the sector.

That’s the view of the World Energy Council, commenting ahead of the second anniversary of the tragic Fukushima accident in Japan.

The incident in March 2011 saw a 15 metre tsunami disable the power supply and cooling of three nuclear reactors and releases of radioactive materials following a major earthquake.

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council said the world should learn from other industries such as aviation where international certification standards are set and enforced.

He added: “With more than 50 countries currently operating, building or considering nuclear power facilities and at least 60 nuclear power plants being constructed around the world, the time has come for coordinated, sustained action that will drive development forward over the coming years. An expression of intent by the relevant national, international and industry bodies would be a good starting point.”