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The World Nuclear Association (WNA), formerly the Uranium Institute, is a confederation of companies connected with nuclear power production. Its members come from all parts of the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium mining, uranium conversion, uranium enrichment, nuclear fuel fabrication, plant manufacture, transport, and the disposition of used nuclear fuel as well as electricity generation itself [1].

Together, WNA members are responsible for 95% of the world's nuclear power outside of the U.S. [2] as well as the vast majority of world uranium, conversion and enrichment production.[3]

The WNA says it aims to fulfill a dual role for its members: Facilitating their interaction on technical, commercial and policy matters and promoting wider public understanding of nuclear technology. [4]

Accredited to the United Nations, the WNA is an independent, non-profit organization, funded primarily by membership subscriptions.

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Leadership

WNA members appoint a Director General and elect a 13 man board of management. The Director General is John Ritch, former US ambassador to UN organizations in Vienna, among them the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization. The Chairman of the board is Andy White, CEO of General Electric's nuclear business and the vice chairman is Christopher M. Crane, President and Chief Operating Officer of Exelon. A board of management fulfils statutory duties pertaining to the organization's governance and sets WNA policies and strategic objectives, subject to approval by the full membership.

WNA operates a Council of Advisors which serves as a means of fostering interchange among nuclear industry leaders and eliciting their advice and support in the conduct of WNA strategy. The Co-Chairmen of the Council are Hans Blix, Director General-Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Zack T. Pate, Chairman-Emeritus of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Charter of Ethics

The WNA has established a Charter of Ethics [5] to serve as a common credo amongst its member organizations. This affirmation of values and principles is intended to summarize the responsibilities of the nuclear industry and the surrounding legal and institutional framework that has been constructed through international cooperation to fulfil U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vision of 'Atoms for Peace'.

Membership

WNA Membership is comprised mainly of companies, and the WNA's twice-yearly meetings have primarily a commercial focus. Current WNA Members are responsible for virtually all of world uranium, conversion, and enrichment production and some 95% of the world's nuclear-generated electricity outside the USA (85% of world nuclear generation, including the USA ).

The WNA continues to expand its membership, particularly in non-OECD countries where nuclear power is produced or where this option is under active consideration. Already WNA members are located in countries representing 80% of the world's population.

The annual subscription fee for an institutional member is based on its size and scale of activity. Upon receiving an inquiry or application, WNA's London-based secretariat determines the fee according to standard criteria and informs the candidate organisation accordingly. The fee structure provides, in many cases, for significant discounts for organisations located in countries outside the OECD.[6]

A low-fee non-commercial membership is available for organisations with a solely academic, research, policy or regulatory function.

Affiliates

WNA affiliation entails neither financial obligation nor implications for an organisation's independence. WNA independent affiliates comprise diverse nuclear-related organisations that have decided on affiliation with the WNA as a symbolic act of partnership:

  • Professional organizations with an international membership and a specific focus of interest
  • National or regional commercially-based membership organizations
  • National nuclear societies
  • Citizens' organizations supporting nuclear power as a key clean energy option.

Activities and services

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Industry interaction

An essential role of the World Nuclear Association is to facilitate commercially valuable interaction among its Institutional Members.

Ongoing WNA working groups, consisting of Institutional Members and supported by the secretariat, share information and develop analysis on a range of technical, trade and environmental matters. These subjects include: [7]

  • Nuclear fuel production
  • Industry economics
  • Nuclear trade issues
  • Radiological protection
  • 'Nuclear event' definition
  • Transport
  • Uranium stewardship
  • Waste management and decommissioning
  • Sustainable development and climate change
  • Security of the international fuel cycle
  • Safe and sustainable uranium stewardship
  • Global strategies on public education and public policy

When meeting to discuss industry issues, WNA members are cautioned to avoid any topic that could potentially create even the impression of an attempt to set prices or engage in other anti-competitive behaviour. Accordingly, topics not discussed in WNA meetings include terms of specific contracts; current or projected prices for products or services; allocation of markets; refusals to deal with particular suppliers or customers; or any similar matters that might impair competition within any segment of the nuclear industry.

Meetings

The WNA's Annual Symposium in London provides a forum for members, spotlights the role of the WNA's worldwide affiliates and serves as a platform for speakers from throughout the world nuclear industry. At some Symposia the WNA presents an award for 'Distinguished Contribution to the Peaceful Worldwide Use of Nuclear Energy'.

The WNA also cooperates with the Nuclear Energy Institute on annual World Nuclear Fuel Cycle meetings for industry representatives concerned with nuclear fuel supply and in particular the uranium market.

Public information

The WNA public website is intended to provide the best available non-technical source of information on the global nuclear industry. The site presents reference documents, and a wide range of educational and explanatory papers which are constantly updated.

The WNA supports World Nuclear News (WNN), an online news service intended to bring accurate and accessible information on developments in nuclear power to WNA's industry readers and the general public. Its output is free of charge and may be widely reproduced in accordance with WNN's copyright policy.

Backing up WNA information services is a specialist library at WNA headquarters in London. The WNA library is open to individuals by telephone appointment.

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