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New partnership to strengthen collaboration in advancing nuclear energy’s development and deployment to meet climate change goals

Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and French Nuclear Industry Association (GIFEN) sign Memorandum of Understanding
December 9, 2021

Paris (December 1, 2021) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and the French Nuclear Industry Association (GIFEN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen collaboration in advancing nuclear energy’s development and deployment to meet climate change goals.

The MOU was signed at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, France. 

CNA Quote

“We are pleased with this opportunity to start a new partnership with GIFEN with this MOU,” said CNA President and CEO John Gorman. “International cooperation is important for the nuclear industry to meet global challenges like climate change and the inclusion of nuclear energy in clean energy definitions and taxonomies.”


“Our partnership with the CNA within the MOU we have signed at World Nuclear Exhibition 2021 encourages cooperation among our respective countries and nuclear industries to continue their leading roles in nuclear developments, bringing high-level support and accelerating the wave of innovation to increasing clean energy technology developments worldwide.”

In the MOU, both parties agree to:

  • Encourage cooperation among various industries, utilities, educational institutions, and other authoritative bodies in our respective countries that have a common interest in the development of economic uses for nuclear power.
  • Encourage our respective governments (Canada and France) and international agencies to include nuclear as a clean energy technology to meet climate change goals, advocating therefore for more explicit and prominent inclusion of nuclear energy in France and Canada’s energy and environmental policies.
  • Further strengthen our associations’ mutual connections and communications; promote the inclusion of nuclear technologies in various bilateral Canada-France dialogues and in multilateral forums.
  • Support the continued safe and reliable use of nuclear power for clean energy generation to meet climate change objectives; support nuclear innovations for operating reactors, advanced technologies and complementary technologies that benefit the medical industry and the environment. 

You can read the MOU here.

About the CNA

Since 1960, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been the national voice of the Canadian nuclear industry. Working alongside our members and all communities of interest, the CNA promotes the industry nationally and internationally, works with governments on policies affecting the sector and works to increase awareness and understanding of the value nuclear technology brings to the environment, economy and daily lives of Canadians.


GIFEN (Le Groupement des Industriels Français de l’Energie Nucléaire) is the trade association of the French civil nuclear industry and brings a national sector leadership, working alongside various with the French builders and technology providers, and a large representation of the nuclear supply chain covering all ranges of activities for innovation, nuclear power generation, fuel cycle management. GIFEN members companies are part of the new build scheme of domestic and abroad projects led by French builders and of some foreign builders as well.

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Alice Parenti
Communication Officer
GIFEN (Le Groupement des Industriels Français de l’Energie Nucléaire)

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Chelsea Ferguson
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Society (CNA)

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Christopher Gully
Vice President, Communications & Member Engagement
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