Conference Proceedings Paper
THE NEED FOR ENGAGEMENT: LET’S STOP PUSHING TECHNOLOGY AND START LISTENING
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors - 2016 Nov. 02-04
M. Dalzell (Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation)
One of the benefits touted for SMRs is their potential to be community energy units, delivering electricity, district heating and process heat for local industries and greenhouses – both as part of developed grids and in remote locations. While much attention within the nuclear sector has been on bringing innovative designs to market, innovation is also required to improve on industry’s poor track record of communicating with the public, addressing the genuine concerns of people while also working to cut through inaccuracies and falsehoods. If SMRs are going to contribute to our sustainable energy future, the nuclear sector must rethink how it engages with people and policy makers. This includes drawing on expertise and insights from public policy and social science research, adopting best practices and learning from past blunders from within the nuclear industry and from other sectors.
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