We believe in a world where the public understands of the risks and benefits associated with nuclear power. Enable people in informed decision-making in a democratic environment. Our mission is to develop an objective and transparent framework of risk communication and empower the next generation. Addressing the fear of radiation and other concerns relating to nuclear energy is the approach being adopted. We believe that it is important to make informative and objective analysis of issues of public concern is the way forward. Proactive interactions with people is essential for effective risk communication strategies.
Nuclear power is expected to grow significantly and play an important component in the energy mix both in India and other countries in the coming two to three decades. According to the `New Policy Scenario’ projections of the International Energy Agency (IEA), world’s installed nuclear capacity is expected to grow from 380 GWe in 2016 to 543 GWe in 2030 and to 624 GWe in 2040. India has also set a target of reaching 60 GWe by 2030.
Understanding the basis of nuclear risk perception by various stakeholders in society is essential to develop appropriate risk communication and risk management strategies. Objective and transparent communication of risks and benefits of nuclear technology to various stakeholders is essentially. Understanding the different dimensions of risk perception of nuclear technology will contribute towards making effective policies. Due to the enormous cultural and environmental diversity and unique power relations in India, it is essential to analyze various determinants of nuclear risk perception and factors influencing social acceptance of nuclear energy.
The objective of the Nuclear Risk Perception and Communication (NRPC) group is to provide support to enhance communication relating to nuclear energy to the public through exchange of information and experience sharing. The NRPC will identify good practices, focus on enabling practical implementation and maintain a network amongst the people, facilitate consistent and proportionate communication relating to the developments in the nuclear domain.
In order to achieve this objective, the NRPC group will:
- Share information, news, documents, data, views, ideas, and experiences in the field of public communication and stakeholder involvement. It will keep up with the activities of a similar or related nature undertaken by other bodies of the DAE.
- Highlight lessons learnt and good practices.
- Provide expert consultation on various components of public communication.
- Work with stakeholders, in the areas of public communication and stakeholder involvement and providing assistance through consultation.
The NRPC team will work towards:
- Constituting a forum to conduct surveys related to nuclear energy in INDIA.
- Engage with the public of various demographics to inform and spread awareness both in person and online (website and social media) as well as field surveys.
- Constitute a network of national and international institution and organizations to collaborate on public communication related to benefits and risk of nuclear power.
- Organize workshops, colloquiums, public meetings in relation with public information and communication.