The NEA: Advanced thinking on nuclear energy
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). NEA membership consists of 33 countries representing 82% of the world's installed nuclear electricity generating capacity. The mission of the NEA is to assist its member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear energy policy and to broader OECD analyses in areas such as energy and the sustainable development of low carbon economies. The information, data and analyses it provides draw on one of the best international networks of technical experts.
What's the importance of the "Innovation for the Future of Nuclear Energy – A Global Forum"?
Three years after the Paris agreement, the path towards a low-carbon energy future is still uncertain. With so much uncertainty about the future, nuclear energy's benefits as a large scale, dispatchable source of CO2-free energy are more important today than ever. For nuclear energy to play an effective role in stabilising the future global energy framework, the sector has to evolve: while meeting all required levels of safety nuclear plants need to be more flexible and cost efficient. To achieve this, innovation needs to be reinvigorated in the sector. More broadly, all low-carbon technologies, both nuclear and renewables, have to be optimised and integrated in the efficient, clean and secure energy mixes the world needs. This requires significant infrastructure, including experimental capacities and high-level skills, that would benefit from international co-operation. The Global Forum on Innovation for the Future of Nuclear Energy, entirely in keeping with the NEA mission to foster international co-operation, is a step towards meeting these goals.
Prior to taking up this role, Dr Iracane was the Deputy Director of the International Affairs Division at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). He previously worked at the CEA to optimise nuclear research infrastructure policy within the European community and served as Director of the project to construct the Jules Horowitz Reactor, a new high-performance material testing facility. He has also led research programmes related to radioactive waste and high-energy physics. A French national, Dr Iracane graduated from the French École Polytechnique and holds a PhD in theoretical physics.
Deputy Director, General and Chief Nuclear Officer
The Nuclear Energy Agency