Workshop — Paris, France

IEA / NEA Nuclear Technology Roadmap Update Workshop


Participation is by invitation only.

In 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) released a Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap which outlined the steps needed to accelerate the development of nuclear power and its role in achieve deep greenhouse-gas emissions reduction.  Both the global energy sector and the outlook for nuclear have changed significantly since then and an update of this roadmap is currently underway.

The meeting will bring together key stakeholders from industry, government, finance and other relevant organisations to help define and prioritise key items to be discussed in the IEA/NEA’s Nuclear Roadmap Update.  

One of the expected outcomes of this intensive brainstorming and roadmap development session will be to discuss key targets, milestones, policy measures and other actions needed to support the development and deployment of nuclear power.

Participants list
Workshop summary

‌DAY 1:

Opening remarks
Didier Houssin, Director, Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, IEA)

Technology Roadmap Overview and role of Nuclear in the IEA Scenarios
Cecilia Tam, Energy Technology Policy Division, IEA

Focus of Nuclear Roadmap Update
Ron Cameron, Head Nuclear Development Division, NEA

Interactive Discussion: What role for nuclear?
Moderator: Didier Houssin, IEA

Session 1: Technology development needs for nuclear
Moderator: Ron Cameron, NEA

1.a: Reactor technology

Presentation: Henri Paillère, Nuclear Development Division, NEA
Short presentations  followed by group discussion, focused on the following topics:

  • Current state of the market, Gen II and Gen III reactors
  • Long Term Operation for existing fleet
  • Enhanced safety features – lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident
  • Small Modular Reactors
  • Gen IV technologies
  • Other innovations

1.b: Fuel cycle and decommissioning

Presentation: Beth Lisann, Office of Nuclear Energy, US DoE
Presentation: Andreas Ehlert, E.ON

Short presentations  followed by group discussion, focused on the following topics:

  • Front and back end of the fuel cycle - development of new fuels such as accident tolerant fuels, reprocessing options storage and disposal of high level waste, extended storage issues, transport
  • Decommissioning

DAY 2:

Session 2: Overcoming barriers to nuclear build (other than financing)
Moderator: Barry Kaufer, World Nuclear Association

Presentation: Véronique Decobert, Westinghouse
Presentation: Didier Beutier, Areva
Presentation: Jorma Aurela, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland

Short presentations  followed by group discussion, focused on the following topics:

2.a: Industrial issues

  • Supply chain bottlenecks (large heavy forgings), localisation
  • Codes and standards
  • Licensing – harmonisation
  • Building on time and on budget

2.b: Human resource issues

  • Training and capacity development needs, for new build and decommissioning and waste management activities.  Identification of skills, mobility

Session 3: Economics and Financing of Nuclear
Moderator: Manuel Baritaud, Gas Coal and Power Markets Division, IEA

Presentation: Anne Crepin, AREVA – Industry Perspective
Presenter: Oliver Rooke, UK DECC – New nuclear and the electricity market reform in the UK

Session 4: Nuclear regulation and safety
Moderator: Neil Blundell, Nuclear Safety Division, NEA

Presentation: David Shropshire, IAEA – Regulation for new build and new comer countries and Fukushima Safety Action Plan
Presentation: Bjarne Noren, Director of Expert Group Division of WANO Paris Centre – WANO’s contribution to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide
Presentation: Neil Blundell, NEA – Strengthening Good Practice within Nuclear Safety post Fukushima-Daiichi

Session 5: Key Message for the Roadmap update
Moderators: Cecilia Tam and Henri Paillère

  • Outline current status of nuclear technology development and need for additional R&D to address increased safety requirements.
  • Provide an updated vision for nuclear energy’s role in a low carbon energy system.
  • Identify barriers and actions needed to accelerate the development and deployment of nuclear technologies to meet the roadmap vision.
  • Identify and share lessons learned and best practices in nuclear regulation, front and back end fuel cycle practices, construction and financing.

Closing remarks
Thierry Dujardin, Acting Deputy Director-General and Deputy-Director Science and Development, NEA