Deputy Chairman Ferapontov Takes Part in IAEA International Conference on a Decade of Progress after Fukushima-Daiichi: Building on Lessons Learned to Further Strengthen Nuclear Safety
The IAEA International Conference on a Decade of Progress after Fukushima-Daiichi: Building on Lessons Learned to Further Strengthen Nuclear Safety was held from November 8 to 12 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, in a hybrid format with the participation of representatives of the senior level and experts from regulatory authorities and their technical support organizations, the operating organizations and nuclear industry of the IAEA Member States.
The main objectives were to look back on the lessons learned, experiences shared, results, and achievements from actions undertaken by national, regional, and international communities following the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, and identify ways for further strengthening nuclear safety.
At the invitation of the IAEA Secretariat, Rostechnadzor Deputy Chairman Alexey Ferapontov took part in the panel session “Facing New Challenges” on November 11, 2021.
In his opening remarks, he highlighted topical issues and priorities in the field of the use of atomic energy in Russia for the next ten years, taking into account the extended operating life of the operating nuclear power units, the decommissioning of nuclear installations and the creation of new technologies, including small modular reactors.
The panelists discussed trends and global advances that directly affect nuclear power in its current format, as well as ways to improve safety in new conditions (for example, taking into account the spread of the pandemic in the world).
In conclusion, the conference participants noted that nuclear industry is not limited to only technical challenges but exists in a broader context: social aspects also play an important part. And here, first of all, the trust of the public and the involvement of future generations are primary considerations. In doing so, it is important to take into account the lessons learned from past experience in order to improve the global nuclear safety regime.