WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace today announced a first-of-its-kind voluntary initiative among the world’s leading commercial nuclear power plant vendors to adhere to a new set of “Principles of Conduct” reflecting global best practices related to the export of nuclear energy facilities. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s vice president for policy development, planning and supplier programs, Richard Myers.
“The U.S. nuclear energy industry congratulates the Carnegie Endowment for this tremendous achievement. The principles for exports will help ensure the safe expansion of nuclear energy with uniform adherence to international standards. Carnegie deserves great credit for its vision in launching this initiative and for providing a framework within which the world’s leading nuclear suppliers could reaffirm their commitment to safety, security and nonproliferation.
“The Carnegie Endowment’s work demonstrates that industry has a key role to play in the safe and secure expansion of nuclear energy worldwide. Nuclear energy already constitutes nearly 50 percent of the world’s low-carbon electricity production. Its proven ability to reliably supply electricity without emitting controlled air pollutants makes it a vital energy technology for nations around the world. These principles are all the more important given the global growth in nuclear energy as nations seek to expand electricity supply with minimal environmental impact.”