Maximising Uranium Mining’s Social and Economic Benefits: A Guide for Stakeholders

***This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.***

Uranium is the primary source of fuel for nuclear power plants, which provides large-scale low-carbon baseload electricity for more than 30 countries around the world and is the world’s second largest source of low-carbon electricity. With further potential growth in the number of nuclear power reactors worldwide and the commercialisation of new designs (including small modular reactors), demand for uranium is expected to rise, creating the conditions for growth in uranium mining activities.

In Maximising Uranium Mining’s Social and Economic Benefits: A Guide for Stakeholders the NEA explores uranium-producing regions in both developed and emerging economies to provide a contemporary understanding of leading practices as well as best practices for environmental protection, community engagement and benefits-sharing. Case studies are presented to inform evidence-based discussions about uranium mine development and to provide decision makers with guidance about approaches to maximise the socio-economic benefits of uranium exploration and extraction, and avoid negative environmental and health impacts.

The launch of the new NEA publication Maximising Uranium Mining’s Social and Economic Benefits: A Guide for Stakeholders will provide unique insights and lessons from across the global uranium sector – including community perspectives, Indigenous voices and industry perspectives in a discussion about the report’s key findings.

Programme

16:00-16:05 Opening remarks 

  • Diane Cameron, Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA

16:05-16:25 Session 1: Presentation of the NEA publication

  • Luminita Grancea, former Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA
  • Keith Cunningham, former Government of Saskatchewan, Canada, now KCSK Consulting
  • Geordie Graetz, Government and International Affairs, National RCA Representative of Australia

16:25-17:00 Session 2: Panel discussion

Moderator: Luminita Grancea, former Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA

Community perspective: Members of English River First Nation share their experience with the uranium industry

  • Tom Lariviere
  • Cheyenna Campbell
  • Norman Wolverine

Uranium industry perspective

  • Tim Gitzel, CEO, Cameco
  • Nicolas Maes, CEO, Orano Mining
  • Brandon Munro, CEO, Bannerman Energy

Maximising Uranium Mining’s Social and Economic Benefits: event speakers