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Sustainable Energy Development and Nuclear Energy Legislation in the UAE

  • Evan K. PaleologosEmail author
  • Abdel-Mohsen O. Mohamed
  • Eric Canal-Forgues
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)

Abstract

The MENA region has been experiencing the highest population growth rate in the world since the last century. Concomitantly, energy needs in the region are projected to exceed 50% of the current demand in the upcoming two decades. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the newest addition to the countries that utilize nuclear energy for electricity production. For MENA countries, UAE constitutes the model in operational and regulatory actions in their pursuit of nuclear power. UAE’s principles of transparency, nonproliferation, safety, and security, as well as its willingness to provide full operational access to international organizations, have been the key factors for this development. This study analyzes UAE’s regulatory framework with the emphasis on the organizational structure of FANR, the country’s nuclear regulatory body. Comparisons are made with USA and France, which have mature institutional structures and suggestions are provided for improving FANR’s organizational chart. Our article also discusses issues of independence and accountability of regulatory bodies, pertinent to MENA countries’ agencies.

Keywords

The United Arab Emirates Nuclear energy regulations Nuclear regulatory agency 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The first author would like to acknowledge the support of Abu Dhabi University’s Office of Research through the internal grants cost centers 19300219 and 19300293. The authors would also like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan K. Paleologos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdel-Mohsen O. Mohamed
    • 2
  • Eric Canal-Forgues
    • 3
  1. 1.Abu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.Zayed UniversityAbu DhabiUAE
  3. 3.Paris-Sorbonne University Abu DhabiAbu DhabiUAE

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