Topic: The Role of Nuclear Energy in Reducing Fossil Fuel Reliance
Delegate Name: Ian Wurfel
Norway recognizes that nuclear energy is a potential reliable source of energy throughout Europe. Nuclear reactors aren’t the only option in terms of producing energy, of course. Implementing nuclear power poses an important question, where will the nuclear waste be stored? Not only does this question have multiple answers, Norway has noticed that (so far at least) there doesn’t seem to be any permanent options. In addition, power plants still have a major hurdle to leap over in terms of cost. They are expensive to build and are extremely complicated in nature. As of 2023 Norway has not constructed any nuclear power plants.
Norway has not established any nuclear power plants. There are, however, several reactors made for the purposes of research. One is located in Halden, and three are located in Kjeller. As of 2023 HBWR located in Halden, and JEEP II have been closed and are on the road to decommission. Additionally, there has been nuclear legislation already passed that affects how nuclear power is done in several European nations. Examples include the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the National Energy Agency. Both of these agencies (OECD, and NEA) affect Norway directly. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has put out several recommendations on the safety of managing nuclear waste products.
Norway would like to see several things done in terms of Nuclear Energy and Fossil Fuel Reliance. First, Norway would look favorably upon more nations adopting more perpetual and renewable resources to produce energy. Not only would this introduce more variety into energy production, but it also has the possible benefit of increasing jobs in the surrounding locations. Second, Norway would support any potential research programs to find new ways to store nuclear waste more permanently. Finally, locating any new methods in the assistance of countries looking to eliminate or reduce their reliance on fossil fuels/non renewable energy.