Bringing nuclear into the clean energy conversation: About the NICE Future initiative

Nuclear energy—which provides about one-third of the world’s emissions-free electricity—contributes to the global clean energy supply, both as a primary source of clean energy and by enabling other clean energy sources.

As an international initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, The Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative leads the global conversation on the roles nuclear energy can play in clean energy systems of the future.

Rather than focus on specific technologies or issues, we aim to address nuclear energy holistically within the context of broader clean energy systems. Our primary goal is to move nuclear energy from traditional, nuclear-only fora to broader, cross-sectoral discussions about clean energy at the ministerial and working levels in more countries.

We do this by engaging diverse stakeholders—including both nuclear and non-nuclear energy decision makers—to focus on full-scale nuclear for electricity as well as on innovative next-generation technologies and integrated renewable-nuclear energy systems. We also offer regular webinars on nuclear and clean energy topics and a resource library with the latest academic research on this.

Who we are

The United States, Canada and Japan are lead members of the initiative. Participating countries include Argentina, Poland, Romania, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The initiative also includes partner organizations.

Country-specific activities

See specific NICE Future initiative activities for the United States and Canada.

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Join us

If you are an energy decision maker interested in meeting national and global clean energy goals:

  • Join us at one of the many upcoming events in which we participate.
  • Sign up to subscribe to our mailing list.
  • To partner with us, or for other questions please feel free to directly contact us.

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Operating Agent

As the operating agent of the NICE Future initiative, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) and its institutional affiliate, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), lead the NICE Future initiative and serve as the liaison to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Secretariat. NREL implements NICE Future initiative activities based on guidance from CEM, the United Nations, and our partners and stakeholders. The operating agent is responsible for executing the program of work, ensuring stakeholder coordination, marketing and communications functions, analysis, and all other products and services that the NICE Future initiative provides.