Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure in the COVID-19 economic recovery

NEA Policy Brief

  • Governments should incentivise investments in resilient low-carbon energy infrastructure, such as nuclear energy, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Proper policy and market frameworks to incentivise investment in essential infrastructure that supports low carbon electricity security and economic development are needed.
  • Transitional, targeted government support for nuclear energy projects will be indispensable to unlock the benefits of nuclear energy in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
  • Government support can and should be leveraged to attract cost-effective private financing to deliver nuclear energy infrastructure projects.
  • There is currently a window of opportunity for governments to support sustained cost reductions in nuclear energy projects through timely new build decisions – thus reinforcing the process of learning by doing and allowing these designs to move along their learning and cost curves.