INPRO Steering Committee Plans for the Future

Nov 22, 2010

INPRO Steering Committee Plans for the Future

The INPRO Steering Committee (SC) held its 16th meeting at the IAEA on 17-19 November 2010. 50 representatives of INPRO Members, i.e. 31 Member States and the European Commission, observer countries and international organizations, such as GIF and OECD/NEA, attended the meeting, chaired by Mr Alexander Bychkov of Russia.

"We will determine the strategic directions and new activities for the Agency's next biennium" said Mr Yuri Sokolov, INPRO Project Manager and IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, in opening the meeting on 17 November. "We will also look further into the future and discuss a longer-term perspective, such as the role of INPRO and its activities over the next five years", he added.

A report of INPRO's activities in 2010 and 2011 and plans for INPRO's future work were the focus of the meeting. In that respect, INPRO Member had been invited to identify national priorities in sustainable nuclear energy system development and deployment and present proposals for INPRO activities relevant to their national priorities.

The meeting heard reports about ongoing collaborative projects and studies in INPRO's main programme areas and work scheduled for 2011. Four reports including two Nuclear Energy Series Reports have been issued since the last SC. They are:

  1. Nuclear Energy Development in the 21st Century: Global Scenarios and Regional Trends, IAEA NE Series No. NP-T-1.8.
  2. Introduction to the Use of the INPRO Methodology in a Nuclear Energy System Assessment, IAEA NE Series No. NP-T-1.2.
  3. The Role of Thorium to Supplement Fuel Cycles of Future Nuclear Energy Systems (to be published as an IAEA TECDOC), and
  4. The Final Report of the INPRO Collaborative Project PRADA: Proliferation Resistance: Acquisition/Diversion Pathway Analysis.

"This is the first of three Steering Committee meetings over the next 12 months that will lead to the development of the INPRO Action Plan for 2012 and 2013 and an INPRO vision for 2016", said Mr Randy Beatty, INPRO Group Leader.

The first step was to consolidate the current 6 programme areas into four projects for the next biennium: Project 1: Long-range nuclear energy strategies; Project 2: Global nuclear energy scenarios; Project 3: Innovations (technical and institutional); and Project 4: Policy and dialogue. The detailed activities within these project areas will be developed over the next six months.

Summarizing INPRO members' presentations and the deliberations at the meeting, Mr Speranzini from Canada, who served as rapporteur, appreciated the transparent and systematic approach to the strategic planning process over a 5-year timeline, and emphasized that full engagement of INPRO members is welcome. Also, a high international profile, connected to sustainability of nuclear energy systems, is one of the goals to be achieved by 2016. Continued coordination and collaboration with other international institutions and initiatives, such as the European Commission, GIF, WNA, OECD/NEA, and SNE-TP to support INPRO's objectives are encouraged.

At the closing session, Ms A. Cetto, Deputy Director General of the Department of Technical Cooperation expressed her support for INPRO and in particular the Dialogue Forum. "I personally regard the Dialogue Forum as a significant mechanism to bridge this gap [between research and the application of scientific knowledge for specific ends]. It is at the forefront of the implementation of INPRO's overall strategy of organizing workshops to enable experts from developing countries to get familiar with innovative reactor and fuel cycle concepts and to engage in a dialogue with other stakeholders of the nuclear technology innovations", stated Ms Cetto.

For Mr Sokolov, who will be leaving the Agency at the end of January 2011, this was the last Steering Committee Meeting he attended as INPRO Project Manager and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. "I see the future of INPRO as one with many opportunities brought to us by the growing interest in nuclear power expressed by many countries", said Mr Sokolov in closing the meeting. "INPRO has to be a dynamic project looking at the future and providing support to INPRO Members and more importantly, all IAEA Member States in their long term nuclear power activities." The Steering Committee members thanked Mr Sokolov for his guidance and leadership with standing ovations.

As of November 2010, the following countries are official members of INPRO:
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and the EC.

Contact: R. Beatty


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