NNWI Forum 2019: Nuclear energy as part of Europe’s energy mix

Wednesday 6th November, London

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.

Like Energy for Humanity, 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.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Is there a place for nuclear energy in Europe

  • Making the case for nuclear in the energy mix

  • Cutting the cost of new nuclear plants

  • Economic benefits of nuclear

  • A European Green New Deal

Agenda is being drafted and will be available soon.

Speakers

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy

Yves Desbazeille, FORATOM

Kirsty Gogan, Energy for Humanity

Mark Hartley, EDF Energy

Alan Raymant, CGN UK

Peter Fraser, Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division, International Energy Agency

Costis Stambolis, Institute of Energy of South East Europe

Tim Yeo, The New Nuclear Watch Institute

Additional speakers are being approached and will be confirmed soon.

​For more information and registration details, please see NNWI website.