Canada, UK sign MOU on nuclear co-operation

The Canadian Nuclear Association and the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in nuclear and promote clean, innovative and advanced nuclear technologies.

John Gorman, CNA chief executive, said the MOU will help accelerate the wave of innovation in nuclear energy among member companies.

“Nuclear energy already makes important contributions to combating climate change,” he said at the Department for International Trade Civil Nuclear Showcase 2020.

“To reach net-zero emissions, global cooperation at the government and industry level will be essential."

The MOU addresses the need for greater dialogue and exploration of nuclear's role in environmental stewardship. It includes demonstrating nuclear as a clean energy technology; advocating for more explicit and prominent inclusion of nuclear in energy and environmental policies; promoting the inclusion of nuclear technologies in bilateral Canada-United Kingdom dialogues and forums; and supporting the countries’ shared leadership in the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy (NICE) Future initiative .

NIA chief executive Tom Greatrex said international cooperation is critical to both the current success and the bright future of the nuclear industry.

“This MOU will further strengthen ties with our Canadian partners and assist in advancing nuclear power as an essential element of clean energy solutions to address climate issues globally,” he said.

Canada is home to 19 nuclear power reactors, which produce 15 per cent of the country's electricity.

There are 15 nuclear power reactors operating across eight sites in the United Kingdom.

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