The Namibian uranium companies, through the NUA, are working together in building a program of uranium stewardship that supports the World Nuclear Associations “Uranium Stewardship Principles” to guide efforts by its members to collaborate on critical issues of product safety, security and non-proliferation.
URANIUM STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLES
The global nuclear power industry is committed to work cooperatively to ensure that uranium and its by-products are managed in a safe, environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.
- Uranium Stewardship is a program of action by the global nuclear power industry to put that commitment into practice.
- The central idea of Uranium Stewardship is to share responsibility between all players in every sector of the nuclear fuel cycle – from exploration and mining, to spent fuel recycling and management, from the production of medical resources to the operation of nuclear power plants – to work with all other sectors to give effect to stewardship principles.
- The NUA’s Uranium Stewardship Principles reflect and are consistent with the global principles being developed under the auspices of the World Nuclear Association (WNA).
- The NUA is developing plans for working with other sectors to implement stewardship principles.
- The NUA’s Principles are additional to the broader Namibian minerals industry’s commitment to sustainable development.
- Through the Principles, the Namibia Uranium industry aims to engage the public and earn trust for the exploration, mining and export of uranium.
- Recognising that Uranium Stewardship is a responsibility shared by all players in every sector of the nuclear fuel cycle, the Namibian uranium industry will work together in a spirit of cooperation with other sectors to give effect to these principles and commits to:
- The safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology;
- Continual improvement of our quality, health, safety, security and environmental performance to minimise the impacts of our activities on people and the environment;
- Contribute to social and economic development of the communities where we operate;
- Recognition of fundamental human rights;
- Open, honest and transparent communication;
- Operate ethically with sound corporate governance;
- Share knowledge to encourage widespread adoption of best practices;
- Act responsibly in the areas that we manage and control, and share our concern in other sectors of the nuclear fuel cycle;
- Provide responsible sourcing, use and management of uranium and all its by-products;
- As an industry, regularly communicate progress on the implementation of the principles to our stakeholders and review and update them as necessary.