The goal of the NEA in this area is to provide authoritative, reliable information on nuclear technologies, economics, strategies and resources to governments for use in policy analyses and decision-making, as well as on the future role of nuclear energy in a sustainable development perspective and within the broad context of national and international energy policies.
- To analyse the economics of nuclear power across the full nuclear fuel cycle in the context of changes in electricity markets, social acceptance and technological advances, and to assist member countries in evaluating the role of nuclear energy in their energy policies;
- To promote international co-operation on the development of innovative nuclear energy systems;
- To review the role of nuclear power in the broader perspective of climate change and sustainable development;
- To assess the availability of nuclear fuel and infrastructure required for the deployment of existing and future nuclear power and to identify the eventual gaps;
- To assist member countries, upon request, in addressing emerging concerns related to nuclear technology and radioactive materials, including medical radioisotopes, within the constraints of financial limitations and as augmented by voluntary contributions;
- To establish a communication network within and outside the OECD framework aiming to provide factual information on nuclear issues; and
- To review the role of research and development in new nuclear technologies and their impact on energy generation and non-power applications.
Last reviewed: 5 December 2015