As the earth passes through a period of climate change and the global demand for energy and water continues to grow there is a major need to innovate and to introduce new technologies as no single source of energy can meet demand. In this, K●A●CARE and the general public have common interests: sustainable development; the desire for the very best for future generations; raised standards of living; and enhanced quality of life in the Kingdom both now and in the years to come.
Every day K●A●CARE seeks to ensure the safety, security and safeguarding of its people when introducing new technologies, especially in the nuclear sector. To these ends continuous dialogue takes place with people of all ages assuring them of the necessity and efficacy of nuclear energy and its inherent safety.
The ultimate aim of K●A●CARE is for every member of the population both now and in 50 years’ time to be a beneficiary of King Abdullah’s Vision and the efforts of all those involved in introducing, developing and growing the country’s sustainable energy resources through his or her own participation as managers, employees, contractors or suppliers.
Under the terms of the proposed “National Policy Statement”, electricity generated from all sustainable (atomic and renewable) energy sources will be subject to the regulation of the Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA). All other regulatory elements of the atomic and renewable energy sectors fall under the jurisdiction of K●A●CARE, according to the atomic and renewable energy laws (proposed by K●A●CARE and promulgated upon ratification by the Council of Ministers), along with the implemention of such regulations. The Atomic Energy Law will be fully consistent with the guidelines specified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Given the vital importance of protecting the public, the Kingdom ensures full compliance with all relevant international treaties and conventions governing the development and use of atomic energy that include the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Conventions on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, Assistance in the Case of Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency and Nuclear Safety. In due course accession to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management will take place.
In fulfilling its mandate, K●A●CARE will ensure the highest industry standards of transparency, safety and international best practices are attained. To achieve these ends, regular contact is being made with countries that have considerable atomic energy experience to ensure the transfer of knowledge and information on industry best-practices.