Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Principles of Conduct
For Immediate Release
Representatives of the world’s leading nuclear power plant exporting companies hold first review meeting for Principles of Conduct
Participants create a secretariat and lay the groundwork for effective implementation
December 13, 2011—MOSCOW—The world’s leading civilian nuclear power plant vendors and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have successfully concluded the first implementation review of the Nuclear Power Plant Exporters’ Principles of Conduct initiative, just three months after its launch.
In the meeting, the companies agreed to create a secretariat to facilitate regular communication among the participating vendors between review meetings, facilitate communication with the general public, plan review meetings, collect updates on implementation issues, and operate as a depository and clearinghouse of information for the process. Participants at the two-day meeting also reflected on the initial implementation of the Principles, including reactions to the public announcement, the companies’ individual implementation experiences thus far, and the future course of this process.
Developed over three years, the Principles reflect a truly global initiative to promote best practices in the exportation of nuclear power plants, including to those countries with an emerging interest in developing civilian nuclear energy. The Carnegie Endowment, in collaboration with participating company Atomstroyexport, hosted the first review meeting December 7 and 8 at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
The companies agreed to hold periodic review meetings during which they would update each other and the secretariat on their progress in implementing the Principles, share and consider existing and evolving industry best practices, and review and modify the Principles as appropriate. In addition to periodically reviewing the document and its implementation, the companies have also undertaken to expand their outreach efforts to other stakeholders in the nuclear energy sector with the aim of promoting similar norms of responsible conduct across the industry.
The secretariat will gradually assume responsibilities for the day-to-day coordination of the initiative from the Carnegie Endowment, which facilitated the development of the initiative.
The Carnegie Endowment and all of the participating vendors expressed their deep appreciation for Atomstroyexport’s role in hosting the first review meeting.
“I am delighted that the vendors have begun the implementation process and have created a secretariat that will work under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment to coordinate this process. We have facilitated the growth of this process from its infancy and it gives me great pleasure to see it evolving,” said George Perkovich, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment. At the request of the companies, the Carnegie Endowment will remain as an advisor to the process moving forward.
The participants will conduct follow-up review meetings periodically and will meet again in six months, at which time more information on the structure and functions of the secretariat will be released.
Participating companies include:
- Candu Energy
- GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
- Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy
- Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (including Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems, a subsidiary)
- Westinghouse Electric Company
- ATMEA (an AREVA-Mitsubishi joint venture)
More information about the Nuclear Power Plant Exporters’ Principles of Conduct is available at www.nuclearprinciples.org.
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