Taking up tomorrow’s energy challenges

Earth at Night, © NASA/NOAA

Our vision: Helping decision-makers from all over the world address tomorrow’s energy challenges.

 

Ensuring the energy supply for the planet and its 9.2 billion inhabitants (2040 UN estimate) is the biggest challenge we will have to stand up to in the next decades. All over the world, people rightfully look forward to having guaranteed and accessible energy.

According to the World Energy Outlook 2018 (WOE2018) released by the OECD’s International Energy Agency, world energy demand is expected to increase by 25% by 2040 with electricity being “the fastest-growing source of final energy demand”. In the ‘New Policies Scenario’, electricity will account for 24% of total final energy consumption in 2040.

In order to ensure a global and sustainable electricity supply in the long run, more and more countries have decided to turn to nuclear power. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Poland, India, China—to name a few—see in the nuclear sector the best way to fulfill their current and future energy needs.

With 55 civilian nuclear reactors under construction around the world and twice as many projects for future reactors (100 as of April 2019), the need for individuals who possess specialized and thorough knowledge, skills and abilities is both critical and growing. The safe and reliable operation of current and future nuclear power plants relies first and foremost on people who master highly advanced technologies and complex industrial processes and are fully aware of the public health, safety, and environmental issues nuclear power raises. Construction personnel, engineers, power plant operators, maintenance staff and many other disciplines are increasingly demanded to build and then operate these facilities.

In order to take up tomorrow’s energy challenges, the world’s first challenge is to train and educate its future nuclear workforce.

Source: IEA World Energy Outlook 2018