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International interest in uranium and nuclear energy continues to grow. Many countries which currently use nuclear energy are expanding and upgrading their nuclear industries. Other countries that have not used nuclear power are looking to do so.

Many countries face a complex set of energy problems. They are asking, with the continuing pressure of growing populations, how can we meet increasing demand for stable, constant electricity supply that is climate friendly, non-polluting, relatively low cost and available now?

For many, uranium-fuelled nuclear power provides a ready solution, particularly as part of a balanced portfolio of electricity sources designed to meet each country's specific requirements.

Nuclear power stations are operating in around 30 countries and have been doing so safely and reliably for many decades.

Across its lifecycle (uranium mining, processing shipping; uranium fuel manufacture; nuclear power generation; plant decommissioning; waste management and disposal) nuclear power is a low-emissions energy source.

Nuclear power stations emit no carbon dioxide in producing electricity. They do not add to air pollution. It has lower carbon emissions than solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power. It is about on a par with wind and hydro power.

Despite its environmental benefits, nuclear power (and uranium mining) raise doubts in some people's minds. Radiation and the management of radioactive waste concern some people. Others worry about the potential spread of nuclear weapons. And yet others are preoccupied by past failings in management and safety practices and by accidents.

The emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has heightened those concerns for many people.

The nuclear energy industry world-wide is working to identify and learn all the lessons available from the Fukushima accident, bearing in mind that the emergency was the result of the combined impact of two of the most powerful natural disasters Japan - and the world - have ever experienced.

The factors which drive national Governments around the world to consider nuclear energy as an electricity generation option remain as powerful today as they were before the earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima plant.

The Fukushima response reinforces the principle that organisations involved in the nuclear fuel cycle must respond to increasing pressure to manage flawlessly; behave responsibly; operate safely and communicate transparently.

Recognising its place as an integral part of the global nuclear fuel cycle, Australia’s uranium industry is always working to improve its performance; always learning and always striving to reassure the community.

In all areas, the Australian uranium industry seeks to apply the highest standards and demonstrate exemplary behaviour. All to support our claim that uranium-fuelled nuclear energy is a permanent and sustainable component of the world's energy portfolio for the twenty first century.

CODE OF PRACTICE & STEWARDSHIP

The Minerals Council of Australia – Uranium Forum Code of Practice and Stewardship defines principles of behaviour and standards of best practice to guide improvements in performance in the Australian uranium industry.

All members of the Forum agree to adhere to this Code.