Mycle Schneider

Awarded 1997


For serving to alert the world to the unparalleled dangers of plutonium to human life.

Mycle Schneider is an independent analyst and consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris. While nuclear issues remain a major focus, Schneider has always acted as a system analyst rather than a technician and has been involved in many comprehensive energy policy projects.

Over decades, Schneider has developed and distributed high-quality information and analysis on energy, aiming to increase public comprehension of energy issues, especially the impact of the civil and military uses of nuclear power on the health and security of present and future generations.

Mycle Schneider is the initiator and Convening Lead Author and Publisher of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. The extensive report has been released annually since 2007 and is widely considered a key reference on the issue.




We have come a long way, but there's a long way to go.

Mycle Schneider, 1997 Laureate

Mycle Schneider has given evidence or held briefings at national Parliaments in more than a dozen countries, as well as the European Parliament. He has advised Members of the European Parliament from four different groups over more than 30 years. Schneider has also lectured at over 20 universities and engineering schools in many different countries.

Schneider has provided information and consulting services to a large variety of clients, including the European Commission, the European Parliament’s General Directorate for Research, the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and many others. He is a frequent source for media representatives worldwide, including many TV and radio stations, electronic and print media.

Between 1998 and 2003, Mycle Schneider was an advisor to the French Environment Minister’s Office and the Belgian Minister for Energy and Sustainable Development. He was the Founding Director of the independent energy information service WISE-Paris between 1983 and 2003. From 2000 to 2010, he was an occasional advisor to the German Environment Ministry. In 2005-2006, he advised the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) on nuclear security. In 2006-2007, he assessed nuclear decommissioning and waste management funding issues on behalf of the European Commission.

Between 2004 and 2009, he was in charge of the Environment and Energy Strategies Lecture of the International Master of Science for Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes, France.

The specific problem of weapon usable nuclear materials— plutonium and highly enriched uranium—has remained high on his agenda of his professional life spreading over more than 35-years. In July 2018, he was appointed to the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), hosted at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Washington D.C. The FMWG is “a coalition of 80 civil society organizations from around the world working to provide actionable policy solutions to keep the world safe from nuclear terrorism”. In 2007, he became an active member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), based at Princeton University, USA. The IPFM is an independent group of arms-control and nonproliferation experts from 17 countries with the mission “to analyze the technical basis for practical and achievable policy initiatives to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium”.

In 2013, at the invitation of the Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, he initiated the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) advising the Seoul Metropolitan Government and acted as its coordinator until 2019. In 2014, he became the Founding Board Member and Spokesperson of the International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC), USA. Between February 2010 and June 2011, he acted as Lead Consultant for the Asia Clean Energy Policy Exchange, funded by USAID, focusing on developing a policy framework to boost energy efficiency and renewable energies in six key Asian countries.

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