Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology deployment and diffusion, Policy Support, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Economic Instruments>Direct investment, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology development
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation
Description:Nine countries (including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States) have agreed to pursue the development of so-called Generation IV nuclear power plants. These countries noted that energy demand will increase significantly in the next 50 years and that nuclear power still holds important advantages in terms of air pollution and energy supply. With the signing of the Generation IV Framework Agreement in February 2005, Canada became a partner in the Generation IV International Forum for development of the next generation of nuclear power reactors. Nuclear experts from GIF countries have identified the six most promising Generation IV technologies that GIF members will work on. Together they will share resources, expertise and facilities to undertake the R&D necessary to establish the viability of Generation IV nuclear technologies. These advanced nuclear systems are expected to be deployed between 2020 and 2030, and to be safer, more reliable, more economic and more proliferation resistant than current technologies.

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