The world’s atomic energy experts have gathered to review nuclear safety at a conference in Vienna. The meeting – the biggest of its kind ever held – has been convened by the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the focus on learning lessons from Fukushima.
The head of the UN agency says an urgent response is needed.
“Public confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been badly shaken. However, nuclear power will remain important for many countries so it is imperative that the most stringent safety measures are implemented everywhere,” Yukiya Amano told the delegates.
The Japanese crisis has prompted a rethink of energy policy around the world, underlined by Germany’s decision to shut down all its reactors by 2022 and an Italian vote to ban all nuclear power for decades.
Japanese officials have been criticised for their handling of the emergency. The authorities have now admitted that lax standards and poor oversight contributed to the effects.