A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and Foratom will strengthen the associations’ efforts in advancing the development of nuclear energy, its application, and deployment to meet climate change goals. The MoU will see the two organisations work together to support, amongst other things, the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactors.
The MoU was signed by CNA President and CEO John Gorman and Foratom Director General Yves Desbazeille.
This includes advocating for more explicit and prominent inclusion of nuclear power in energy and environmental policies, including sustainable finance; support for innovation in nuclear energy, specifically the development and deployment of SMRs and advanced reactors; and implementing initiatives where the two organisations could work together to promote nuclear as a clean source of energy to meet climate change goals, reduce emissions and improve quality of life.
The climate challenge is a global one, Desbazeille said. “This is why it is important that all regions of the world work together to find solutions. Together, we will be able to send a coordinated message to our policymakers with the goal of demonstrating the important role which different nuclear technologies can play.”
“We need nuclear to reach net-zero by 2050,” Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan said. “We are working with our international counterparts to safely expand nuclear technologies, such as SMRs, and meet our climate change goals.”