• 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2021
  • Paris-Nord Villepinte

EDITORIAL

Sylvie Bermann
WNE President

 

Dear nuclear community colleagues and friends,

2020 has been a year unlike any other, for all of us. Given the health situation, our primary concern has been everyone’s safety and well-being, and this has meant that, unfortunately, the WNE community could not come together as planned in 2020.

Instead, the 4th edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition will now take place from November 30 to December 2, 2021, at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, in France, and we very much look forward to meeting you there.

The theme for this edition is “The nuclear industry: a key partner for a low carbon society in a responsible future”.

It reinforces the fact that, more than ever, the global nuclear industry must play a role in the fight against climate change, accelerating and intensifying the actions and investments necessary to achieve the sustainable low-carbon future as set out in the 2016 Paris Agreement, which to date has been ratified by 191 parties. COP 26, which takes place in Glasgow a month before WNE, will be another milestone in this regard.

Recent reports from international organisations such as the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirm that nuclear energy is a strong ally not only in the fight against global warming, but also in meeting our electricity needs with an uninterrupted and competitively priced baseload supply – the perfect complement for renewable sources of energy.

Around the world we see new nuclear power plant (NPP) projects under way while R&D on new technologies and concepts including SMRs, Advanced Reactors, hydrogen, etc is stimulating the sector and boosting prospects in terms of business, jobs and competitiveness throughout the value chain. Seldom has the outlook been so promising for the global nuclear industry.

We are working on organising a WNE that fully lives up to your expectations and, in accordance with the health protocols, enables us to welcome you under the best possible conditions.

On the programme, you will of course find the essential elements of WNE: keynote speeches at the opening and closing ceremonies, tribunes of our major sponsors, exhibitors' products and services during the workshops and guided tours. You’ll be able to take advantage of our business introduction services through the Buyers' Club and celebrate innovation with the WNE Awards.

New for the 2021 edition are the WNE Fellow Award, created to honour the commitment of an individual (not linked to the nuclear industry) in highlighting the contribution of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change and giving strategic business focus on the programme, as spelled out in the theme of the 2021 edition, to the debate around the challenges of tomorrow.

WNE, more than ever, is the key event supporting the global nuclear industry. Let’s plan to meet, from November 30 to December 2, for a WNE that bears all the indications of another success.

Meanwhile, please take care of yourselves.

Sylvie Bermann
President, WNE