18 October 2022 08:30 - 19:00 Central London

NNWI Forum 2022: A Sustainable Future - Addressing the Energy Trilemma

The Forum provided a detailed look at how to deliver affordable very low-carbon energy while simultaneously improving security of supply, reducing dependence on imported gas, cutting carbon emissions and minimising environmental damage.

After two years of enforced isolation it was a pleasure to be able to meet in person again. The theme of this year’s Forum, A Sustainable Future - Addressing the Energy Trilemma, was extremely topical. At the start of 2022, in the wake of COP26, the need to accelerate the clean energy transition was a top priority for nearly all policy makers and industry leaders.

Then in February came Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the painful sudden reminder that neither energy security nor stable gas prices can be taken for granted. Overnight Europe woke up to the fact that it was far too dependent on oil and gas imported from Russia.

The jump in energy prices which followed the invasion triggered a sharp rise in inflation. This caused central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve, to respond by raising interest rates. As a result economic growth is now slowing down across much of the world.

All this turbulence has diverted attention away from climate change. At the same time however the timetable for reaching net zero is getting tighter. Keeping the rise in average surface temperature to 1.5C will very soon be unachievable.

Even limiting it to 2C requires action on a far bigger and faster scale than the policies being pursued by governments around the world. The gap between the aspirational pledges made by political leaders and what is actually happening on the ground has grown alarmingly during 2022.

Yet this should not be the case. Most of the measures needed to address climate change also strengthen energy security and stabilise prices. Solar and wind power for example, which together account for a growing proportion of renewable energy, are not imported and no price tag attaches to sun or wind.

Similarly greater energy efficiency is the best no regrets energy policy which cuts costs, reduces carbon emissions and promotes security. It is incentivised by the very rise in prices which hurts consumers. In conjunction with wider use of carbon pricing the current crisis could drive new investment into low carbon technologies in all industries.

Ever since NNWI was established in 2014 we have argued that nuclear power is an essential part of the global solution to climate change. There are now clear signs that support for nuclear is growing. The outlook for the nuclear industry is now better than at any time since the last century.

The discussions at our Forum shed light on how nuclear can help turn a crisis into an opportunity. Together with renewables and other low carbon electricity generation technologies it can provide truly sustainable solutions to the urgent challenges now facing the world.

Forum topics included:
  • Energy Security - Accelerating Future Nuclear Projects
  • Economic Efficiency - Competitive Environment and Economic Growth
  • Environmental Sustainability - Delivering a Sustainable Clean Energy Transition

Keynote address speakers:
  • King Lee, Director Harmony Programme, World Nuclear Association
  • Martin Porter, Secretary General, World Nuclear Transport Institute

Agenda

08:30
Registration and Breakfast
09:00
Opening Welcome
09:15
Opening Keynote
09:45
Energy Security Panel: Accelerating Future Nuclear Projects
11:15
Coffee Break
11:30
Economic Efficiency Panel: Competitive Environment and Economic Growth
13:00
Networking Lunch
14:00
Environmental Sustainability Panel: Delivering a Sustainable Clean Energy Transition
15:30
Coffee Break
15:45
Presentation: Let’s Energise Sustainability
16:15
Closing Keynote
16:45
Closing Remarks
17:00
Drinks Reception

Speakers

Ivan Baldwin

Ivan Baldwin

UK Business Development Director for Nuclear Power

Bechtel

Phil Chaffee

Phil Chaffee

London Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor

Nuclear Intelligence Weekly

Yves Desbazeille

Yves Desbazeille

Director General

Nucleareurope

Kirsty Gogan

Kirsty Gogan

Co-Founder

TerraPraxis

Tom Greatrex

Tom Greatrex

Chief Executive

Nuclear Industry Association

Chris Heffer

Chris Heffer

Director of Nuclear Power, Infrastructure and Decommissioning

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Neil Hirst

Neil Hirst

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

Attila Hugyecz

Attila Hugyecz

Chief Economic Advisor

Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant

Emilia Janisz

Emilia Janisz

Director of Strategy

European Nuclear Society

Matthew Job

Matthew Job

Partner, Energy and Infrastructure

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Harry Keeling

Harry Keeling

Head of Industrial Markets

Rolls-Royce SMR

King Lee

King Lee

Director Harmony Programme

World Nuclear Association

Rauli Partanen

Rauli Partanen

Chief Executive Officer

Think Atom

Martin Porter

Martin Porter

Secretary General

World Nuclear Transport Institute

Keisuke Sadamori

Keisuke Sadamori

Director of the Office for Energy Markets and Security

International Energy Agency

Shekhar Sumit

Shekhar Sumit

Head of Energy Transition, Sizewell C

EDF Energy

Saralyn Thomas

Saralyn Thomas

Chair

Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network

Luc Van Den Durpel

Luc Van Den Durpel

Founding Partner

Nuclear-21

Antonio Vayá Soler

Antonio Vayá Soler

Senior Energy Analyst

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Fredrik Vitabäck

Fredrik Vitabäck

European Director, Market Development

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo

Chairman

New Nuclear Watch Institute

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