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As part of the UN Ministerial Thematic Forums for the High-level Dialogue on Energy, we hosted a side event: Nuclear energy's contribution to net zero and the sustainable development goals, on 24 June 2021. 

This event was organized by World Nuclear Association together with the Canadian Nuclear Association, FORATOM, the Japan Atomic Industry Forum and the Nuclear Energy Institute, and sponsored by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s NICE Future initiative.

 

 

This free virtual event presented the important role of nuclear energy, alongside other clean energy technologies, to achieve the Paris Agreement commitments and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to meet global energy needs. It addressed:

  • The contribution nuclear generation makes to clean energy provision today, and the contribution that nuclear energy can make to future low-carbon electricity generation alongside other clean technologies.
  • The broader energy applications of current and future nuclear technologies to achieving a net-zero emission energy future.
  • The contribution nuclear energy and nuclear technologies make to meeting the goals of SDG 7, and how achieving this goal can synergistically help meet the objectives of other SDGs.

 

Agenda and speakers:

1) Countries perspective on nuclear’s current and future contribution to a clean energy mix and socio-economic growth.

• Kathryn Huff, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, US DOE

• Tomasz Nowacki, Director of Nuclear Energy Department, Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment

 

2) Industry perspective on the energy applications of current and future nuclear technologies to achieving a net-zero emission energy future.

•  Hidehito Mimaki, General Manager, Nuclear Energy Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

•  Johan Svenningson, CEO, UNIPER 

•  John Gorman, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association

 

3) Q&A moderated by Sama Bilbao y León, Director General, World Nuclear Association.


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