Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
2007, Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman has plans to launch the
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) as part of President Bush’s
Advanced Energy Initiative. The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
is a strategy to enable the expansion of emissions-free nuclear energy
worldwide with new technologies to recycle nuclear fuel, minimize
waste, and, according to the Department of Energy, improve our ability
to keep nuclear technologies and materials out of the hands of terrorists.
Bodman is planning for the GNEP by requesting $250 million for Fiscal
brings the promise of virtually limitless energy to emerging
economies around the globe, in an environmentally friendly manner
while reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation. If we can
make GNEP a reality, we can make the world a better, cleaner,
safer place to live,” Secretary Bodman said.
The need for
alternative energy resources in the United States and worldwide
continues to grow as the nation’s economy and economies
around the world also grow. The Department of Energy believes
that nuclear energy may be part of the solution. The Department
of Energy calls nuclear energy “safe, environmentally clean,
reliable, and affordable.” With the GNEP, the United States
government will work with other nations that have advanced nuclear
technologies to develop new proliferation-resistant recycling
technologies so that they can produce more energy, reduce waste
and reduce proliferation concerns. In addition to the recycling
technologies, these countries will develop a fuel services program
focused on providing nuclear fuel to developing nations that
are in need of energy resources.
Nuclear Energy Partnership has identified its four main goals.
The first goal is to reduce United States dependence on foreign
oil and encourage economic growth. The second is to recycle nuclear
fuel using the previously discussed proliferation-resistant technologies
to utilize more energy with less waste. The third is to encourage
prosperity growth and clean development worldwide. And the fourth
is to utilize the latest technologies to reduce the risk of nuclear
The GNEP plans
to accomplish its four goals with a strategy that includes seven
elements, outlined by Secretary Bodman:
Building of a new generation of nuclear power plants in the
2. Developing and deploying new nuclear recycling technologies.
3. Working to effectively manage and eventually store spent nuclear
fuel in the United States.
4. Designing Advance Burner Reactors that would produce energy from
recycled nuclear fuel.
5. Establishing a fuel services program that would allow developing
nations to acquire and use nuclear energy economically while minimizing
the risk of nuclear proliferation.
6. Developing and constructing small scale reactors designed for the
needs of developing countries.
7. Improving nuclear safeguards to enhance the proliferation-resistance
and safety of expanded nuclear power.
As the GNEP
continues to be developed, the United States Department of Energy
will work with the U.S. State Department to engage international
partners to participate in this new initiative.
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