Policy Group Meeting
The 40th meeting of the GIF Policy Group took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 29-30 October 2015 and was hosted by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”. The Policy Group members reviewed progress made in recent months in the development of the six Generation IV systems, and in the development of safety design criteria and guidelines. The Policy Group had a fruitful interaction with the GIF’s Senior Industry Advisory Panel, hearing their views on codes and standards harmonisation, on the features of Generation IV systems that can make them attractive to utilities and on the prospects for commercialisation. Mr Christophe Behar of CEA, France, was elected as the next Chair of the GIF, taking over from the current Chair Mr John Kelly on 1 January 2016. Finally, the Policy Group issued a statement for the COP 21 conference, emphasizing the contribution that nuclear energy, and in particular Generation IV systems, can make to the decarbonisation of the world’s energy mix in the decades to come.