Concerns over energy resource availability, climate change, and energy security suggest an important role for nuclear power in supplying energy in the 21st century.
The International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) was established in 2000 to help ensure that nuclear energy is available to contribute to meeting the energy needs of the 21st century in a sustainable manner. It is a mechanism for INPRO Members to collaborate on topics of joint interest. The results of INPRO's activities are being made available to all IAEA Member States.
To achieve this, INPRO brings together nuclear technology holders and users to consider jointly international and national actions that would result in required innovations in nuclear reactors, fuel cycles or institutional approaches.
INPRO plays an important role in understanding
- the future development of nuclear energy systems from a national, regional and global perspective, and
- the role of innovation in technologies and institutional arrangements in support of this development.
Discussing and Cooperating
INPRO provides a forum for discussion and cooperation of experts and policy makers from industrialized and developing countries on sustainable nuclear energy planning, development and deployment.
INPRO promotes a mutually beneficial dialogue between countries with nuclear technology and countries considering these technologies to develop new nuclear energy capacity.
INPRO supports national strategic and long-term planning and decision making and an awareness of technology innovation options for the future.
INPRO activities are undertaken in close cooperation with Member States in the following main areas:
- Global Scenarios
- Sustainability Assessment and Strategies
- Policy and Dialogue
Making Things Work
INPRO is a membership-based project, led by a Steering Committee in which INPRO Members are represented. The INPRO Section in the IAEA's Department of Nuclear Energy coordinates activities with and in Member States that have joined the project.
INPRO is funded mainly by extra-budgetary resources.