The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative houses the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s work on the ways in which nuclear energy can contribute to US national security and global decarbonization.
The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative focuses on cross-cutting themes, primarily: the nexus between nuclear energy and national security; international civil nuclear cooperation and competition; the nuclear energy innovation ecosystem; and the role of nuclear energy in decarbonization and the broader energy transition.
Commentary & Analysis
Exploring nuclear energy’s future
Working with Atlantic Council experts, the Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative analyzes the role of nuclear energy in national security and in the ongoing energy transition.
Report Nov 28, 2022
Nuclear energy in a low-carbon future: Implications for the United States and Japan
By Stephen S. Greene
Nuclear energy is poised to play a significant role in the secure decarbonization of the entire energy sector, from electricity to industrial uses. Its versatility, reliability, and dispatchability enables it to underpin the emissions-free economy of the future, especially in the later stages of the energy transition. As advanced technologies enter the fray alongside existing ones, nuclear power’s importance in countries like the United States and Japan, in addition to the challenges it faces and the solutions needed to tackle them, will become apparent.
Issue Brief Sep 15, 2022
The impact of merging climate and trade policy on global demand for nuclear energy
By George David Banks
Trade tools that increase the price of carbon-intensive imports will likely lead to greater global interest in low-carbon technologies, including nuclear energy. This presents opportunities for investment in nuclear energy in developing, export-oriented countries along with potential risks for developed countries closing down nuclear generation and the international nonproliferation regime.
in-depth research & reports
The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative convenes key stakeholders to address the role that nuclear energy plays in US national security, geopolitical competition and cooperation, and the energy transition.
US nuclear energy leadership
The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.
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