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Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future

Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) is a new international initiative launched under the Clean Energy Ministerial in May 2018.

of the world's clean electricity currently comes from nuclear energy.

What you need to know

NICE Future aims to ensure that nuclear energy receives appropriate representation in high-level discussions about clean energy.

The initiative engages diverse stakeholders to focus on full-scale nuclear for baseload electricity as well as innovative, next-generation technologies and integrated renewable-nuclear energy systems across four key areas:

  • Technology evaluations of innovative energy systems and uses
  • Engagement of policy makers and stakeholders in future energy choices
  • Valuation, market structure, and ability to finance
  • Communicating nuclear energy’s role in clean, integrated energy systems.
Nuclear: The Global Clean Energy Workhorse (Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen)

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If you really care about this environment that we live in... then you need to be a supporter of this [nuclear energy] amazingly clean, resilient, safe and reliable source of energy.

Rick Perry
Secretary of Energy


Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has strongly supported the inclusion of reliable, resilient and emission-free nuclear energy in clean energy dialogues. 

At the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Perry and the United States proposed a new initiative under CEM on nuclear energy.

Recognizing the importance of ministerial-level focus on nuclear energy technology and innovations in furthering the deployment of clean energy, Canada and Japan endorsed the proposal, joining the United States to form the core partners of an initial working group to define the initiative. 

NICE Future Initiative Photo Galleries

Lead Members

Flags from the United States, Canada and Japan.

Points of Contact

United States:



  • Kensuke Onishi, Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI -
  • Koichiro Maruta, Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Energy, Trade, and Industry (METI) -
  • Hiroko Kikuchi, Office for Nuclear Technology and Human Resources, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI –
  • Sho Aihara, Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI -

Participating Countries

Flags from Argentina, Poland, Romania, Russia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
Thirteen of the 25 CEM members have already expressed interest in learning more about how they could engage with NICE Future.