Perhaps no other energy source has been as controversial and polarizing as nuclear energy. Throughout its history, nuclear power has traversed the entire range of public and political opinion, from being touted as a guarantor of energy security (and, in the case of nuclear powers, military security) to facing widespread demonization, particularly following the Three Mile Island accident in the US, the Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine and, most recently, the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe in Japan.
So what role does nuclear energy stand to play in the fight against climate change today? Can it overcome cost, safety and public acceptance issues, perhaps via new technological and more cost-efficient solutions? How can nuclear waste challenges be overcome?
This energy talk will explore these and others questions revolving around nuclear energy and the role it can (or cannot) play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
The provisional programme is as follows:
14:00 Welcome Address and Introduction
Professor Dr Friedbert Pflüger, Director, EUCERS, King’s College London (confirmed)
Mr. Felix Dane, Director UK & Ireland, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (confirmed)
Ms. Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association
Dr. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Head of Innovation, TENEX
Mr. Antony Froggatt, Acting Director and Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Dr. Frank Umbach, Research Director, EUCERS, King’s College London
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