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Urenco debates the clean energy transition at the IAEA Scientific Forum

23 September 2020

Urenco’s CEO, Boris Schucht, contributed to the debate on the future of nuclear and its role in achieving decarbonisation efforts at the IAEA Scientific Forum yesterday.

Mr Schucht’s speech, during the opening session, followed a statement by Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi. Other speakers in this session included: Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Chair of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow next year; and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IAE).

Mr Schucht said: “Nuclear can and should play an important role in the clean energy transition. Achieving a sustainable energy system and meeting our ambitious climate targets will be much harder without the existing nuclear power and without new nuclear investments… Nuclear perfectly complements renewables and hydrogen in a net zero world. These three technologies fit very well together and are the future of our energy world.”

The two day event, 22–23 September, is held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. It is covering innovations in nuclear technology and advancements in reactor design and construction, with a theme of sustainability and decarbonisation running throughout.

See coverage of the event 

Urenco has a long-term and positive relationship with the IAEA. Alongside providing ongoing support for safeguards inspectorates and institutions with the aim of strengthening this crucial area, we also host and contribute to IAEA training courses and, most recently, the IAEA’s Marie Curie Fellowship Programme.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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