NNWI Forum 2019
Nuclear energy as part of Europe's energy mix
Wednesday 6 November 2019
About the event
The prospects for nuclear energy in Europe are uncertain. Despite the EU 2050 Energy Strategy's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets the European Commission is ambivalent about the nuclear industry. Apart from France, Britain and Finland the only member states planning new plants are in central and eastern Europe.
The Commission's attitude towards nuclear contrasts with its support for renewable energy. Nuclear is seen as competing against renewables. There's a risk that the limit to which a modern economy can rely on intermittent energy sources is ignored - with worrying implications for security of supply.
The New Nuclear Watch Institute believes Europe needs both nuclear and renewable energy to meet its challenging targets. Cuts of 90 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions cannot be achieved by 2050 without a significant contribution from nuclear. Global concern about climate change will intensify in the next few years.
The Forum will address these issues directly. It will recognize that cost is an obstacle to faster development of new nuclear plant and examine how modern technology and practice can help. It will explore the economic benefits of developing new capacity.
The Forum will be an opportunity to hear from and question industry experts and policy makers. It will promote the exchange of views and information about the future of the nuclear industry in Europe. Its purpose is to secure wider acceptance of the essential role of nuclear in Europe's energy mix.
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy
Jonathan Cobb, World Nuclear Association
Sue Ferns, Prospect
Peter Fraser, International Energy Agency
Kirsty Gogan, Energy for Humanity
Mark Hartley, EDF Energy
Rauli Partanen, Think Atom
Alan Raymant, CGN UK
Costis Stambolis, Institute of Energy of South East Europe
Tim Yeo, The New Nuclear Watch Institute
Yves Desbazeille, FORATOM
Christopher Granville, TS Lombard
Nick Butler, Financial Times
Jeremy Gordon, Fluent in Energy
Peter Hall, Norton Rose Fulbright
Adrian Pepper, Pepper Media
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