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NEA Monthly News Bulletin – January 2019

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Wishing the NEA community a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

NEA Seasons greetings 2018

2018 Year-in-Review2018 Year-in-Review

2018 was a very active and impactful year at the NEA. It marked the 60th anniversary of the Agency and brought other milestones, including the establishment of the new NEA Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management. During this year, the NEA released flagship reports on emergency management, electricity costs, nuclear law and advanced nuclear fuels. It also organised events, conferences and workshops corresponding to the needs of member countries in the application and exploration of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes. The NEA sincerely thanks all of you for following us and for being part of the NEA community. Watch our year‑in‑review video here to see the highlights and key moments of 2018.

The Costs of Decarbonisation: System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and RenewablesWebinar: calculating the system costs of decarbonisation

On 17 January 2019, the NEA will organise a webinar to discuss the findings from its latest report – The Costs of Decarbonisation: System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and Renewables. This report assesses the costs of alternative low-carbon electricity systems capable of achieving strict carbon emission reductions consistent with the aims of the Paris Agreement. It analyses several scenarios of deep decarbonisation achieving the same stringent carbon emission target but characterised by different shares of variable renewable technologies, hydroelectric power and nuclear energy. The launch webinar will feature introductory remarks by the OECD Secretary‑General Ángel Gurría and NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, who will lead a discussion on the importance of system costs in assessing the overall costs of the energy transitions under way. Find out more and register at oe.cd/nea-system-costs-webinar-2019.


New publications

Uranium 2018: Resources, Production and Demand
Uranium 2018:
Resources, Production and Demand
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Nuclear Energy Data 2018
Nuclear Energy Data 2018

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Radioactive waste management

Metadata for Radioactive Waste ManagementMetadata for radioactive waste management

The NEA Radioactive Waste Repository Metadata Management (RepMet) initiative was set up to examine and recommend approaches and techniques for using metadata in radioactive waste repository management. The main goal of RepMet was the identification of metadata libraries that Radioactive Waste Management Organisations (RWMOs) can adapt and use for managing their repository data, information and records in a way that is both suitable for long-term management and use, and harmonised internationally. Each RepMet library is a directly reusable resource that may be adopted by RWMOs in the development of their own metadata-based information systems. Find out more about RepMet libraries in the new NEA report on Metadata for Radioactive Waste Management at oe.cd/nea-repmet-2018. 


Nuclear development and economics

Uranium – Resources, Production and DemandIs there enough uranium to fuel the world’s nuclear power plants?

Regardless of the role that nuclear energy ultimately plays in meeting future electricity demand and global climate objectives, the supply of uranium is more than adequate to meet projected requirements for the foreseeable future. This is one of the major findings of the latest edition of Uranium – Resources, Production and Demand, also known as the "Red Book". Given the extent of known uranium resources, the challenge in the coming years is likely to be less one of adequacy of resources than adequacy of production capacity development resulting from poor market conditions and flat uranium demand outlook in the near to medium term. Download the latest data on uranium resources, production and demand at oe.cd/nea-red-book-27. 


Nuclear law

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International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE)Applications closing soon for the
NEA International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE)

The five-day NEA International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE) course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the various interrelated legal issues relating to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy. This intensive course has been designed to accommodate the needs and interests of lawyers working in either the public or the private sectors but will also be of interest to scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and other professionals working in the nuclear field. The next session of the INLE will take place on 18-22 February 2019. For more information on the course and to apply, see oe.cd/INLE.


Nuclear science and data

Did you miss the NEA webinar on accident tolerant fuels?

The NEA hosted a webinar on 20 November 2018 to discuss the key findings of the recently published State‑of‑the‑Art Report on Light Water Reactor Accident‑Tolerant Fuels, as well as the ongoing advanced fuel research and technologies currently being developed around the world. The report reviews the most promising advanced fuel and cladding concepts in terms of their fundamental properties and behaviour under normal and accidental conditions, maturity of technologies, supporting R&D activities, experimental data and modelling results. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the video recording at oe.cd/nea-atf-webinar-2018.

Computer program services

Training courses


20-DEC-18 NEA-1486 ICSBEP-2018, International Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiment Handbook
(Arrived)
20-DEC-18 NEA-1765 IRPHE2018-HANDBOOK, International Handbook of Evaluated Reactor Physics Benchmark Experiments
(Arrived)

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