Nuclear Power in a Time of Global Climate Change
6 October and 3 November 2020
The increasingly obvious effects of global climate change and the increasingly urgent warnings of the scientific community against potential severe impacts in the coming decades strengthen the need for public debate about various aspects of the problem. One of them is the possible role of nuclear power in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The debate on this case is influenced by the fact that the economic and safety issues that have caused the nuclear industry to stagnate have still not been resolved.
The Czech Republic is fast preparing for the construction of a new reactor at Dukovany, which is presented at the same time as a basic tool of the climate protection strategy. However, is nuclear power too expensive to be able to reduce greenhouse gases effectively? Can the high expenditures on new reactors block more efficient solutions? How will climate change affect the operation of nuclear power plants? Can the current energy demands be met if both nuclear power and fossil fuels are phased out?
The objective of the international conference NEC 2020 “Nuclear Power in a Time of Global Climate Change” is a detailed discussion with both international and Czech experts of exactly these issues, which are of fundamental importance for greenhouse gas emission reduction and for future prospects of nuclear power not only in the Czech Republic.
6 November 2020 – The second part of Nuclear Energy Conference 2020, focused on options for power supply without coal and nuclear, took place on 3 November. We have added the presentations and video recordings of speeches by Ben Wealer, Martin Sedlák and Reinhard Uhrig to our website.
29 October 2020 – If you wish to participate in the second part of Nuclear Energy Conference 2020 “Can energy supply work without both coal and nuclear power?”, which is taking place on Tuesday 3 November from 2 p.m., please join the video conference using the ZOOM software. For details, see the page Practicalities. Looking forward to seeing you.
16 October 2020 – The second part of Nuclear Energy Conference 2020 will focus on power supply options without coal and without nuclear. It will take place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 from 2 p.m., again in the form of a video conference. You can look forward to hearing Ben Wealer, Martin Sedlák and Reinhard Uhrig. If you want to participate, please register.
8 October 2020 – The first part of the conference dealing with issues of nuclear power and climate change took place on 6 October. The speakers Georg Günsberg, Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool, David Reinberger and Oda Becker focused on how realistic it is for nuclear power to become a tool for solving the climate crisis in terms of potential, costs, safety risks as well as actual benefits in terms of carbon balance. Browse through their presentations.
5 October 2020 – If you wish to participate in the first part of Nuclear Energy Conference 2020 “Nuclear Power in a Time of Global Climate Change”, the first part of which is taking place on Tuesday 6 October from 10 a.m., please join the video conference using the ZOOM software. For details, see the page Practicalities. Looking forward to seeing you.
29 September 2020 – The first part of our Nuclear Energy Conference 2020 “Nuclear Power in a Time of Global Climate Change” is taking place in only a week, on 6 October from 10 a.m., in the form of a webinar. The speakers Georg Günsberg, Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool, David Reinberger and Oda Becker will focus on how realistic the chances of nuclear power are to become a tool for resolving the climate crisis in terms of its potential, costs, security risks as well as actual benefits to the carbon balance. If you wish to participate, please register.
18 September 2020 – Due to the closing of borders for some of our lecturers and a number of participants and worsening epidemiological situation, we regret to announce that we are moving the conference from Prague Autoclub to the online domain. The first part of the video conference will take place on the original date, i.e., Tuesday 6 October from 10 am to 1 pm. We are still searching for the time of the second part. Please continue registering so that we can send you details about joining the event in time.
4 August 2020 – Register for the Conference today. Please confirm your attendance by 30. September. May at the latest. Admission is free of charge. Journalists, public authorities, deputies, senators, energy experts, environmental organisations and other persons interested in nuclear waste issues are invited.
23 March 2020 – We have had to postpone the conference (to be held in May originally) until the autumn in the optimistic belief that the coronavirus pandemic and measures related to will let us hold it. Keep an eye on this website, where you will find details about start of registration.