INTERVIEW – The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlights the advantages of nuclear energy in responding to the climate emergency and sovereignty issues.
France is far from being the only country to restart its nuclear electricity production. Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), based in Vienna, Austria, emphasizes the global scope of this phenomenon. The holding of the fifth edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition this week in Paris, bringing together 720 exhibitors from 76 countries, illustrated its scope.
Le Figaro. – What justifies this relaunch of nuclear power that we are observing in several countries?
Rafael Mariano GROSSI. – The need to decarbonize the economy generally goes hand in hand with the growth in electricity needs, and in a sustainable manner. The debate concerns energy security, imbued with a strong political and geopolitical connotation, especially in Europe, where it is tinged with the need to strengthen the autonomy of energy supplies. We are witnessing a convergence of motivations, while the world is not on a very good path to…