World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum: Committing to Net Zero


The Strategic eForum: Committing to Net Zero took place on 26 October 2021.



With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, fast approaching, governments are being called on to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. What can nuclear technologies contribute to achieving net zero and what are nuclear companies going to do to address their own greenhouse gas emissions?

The following speakers took part in the discussion:

- Laurence Gazagnes, Senior Executive Vice President of Health, Safety & Enviornment Department, Orano

- Ralph Hunter, MD&COO, Exelon Nuclear Partners 

- Zuzana Krejcirikova, Director of Public Affairs, CEZ

- Roger Martella, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, GE

- Kirk Schnoebelen, Head of Sales, Urenco


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Past events:


World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum on Nuclear Innovation: Thinking Outside the Dome


Thinking Outside the Dome: Strategic eForum on Nuclear Innovation was held on 23 June 2021. This online event featured a high-level panel discussion on key issues surrounding nuclear innovation.



  • Rita Baranwal, Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Chen Bin, Deputy Director of the R&D Department, Chinergy Co.
  • James Naismith, Professor of Structural Biology , University of Oxford; Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute
  • Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, UK Renewable Energy Agency
  • Ville Tulkki, Research Team Leader, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Mikhail Turundaev, CEO, Rusatom - Additive Technologies


Interviews with industry leaders


Industry leaders discussed the topics that were covered during the event:


Bernard Salha, Chief Technical Officer and R&D Director, EDF, France; President, SNETP


Gilles Rodriguez, Technical Director, Generation IV International Forum (GIF)



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World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance


The World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance was held on 18 March 2021. This online event featured a high-level panel discussion examining the financial conditions of success for cost-effective investment in nuclear energy that will result in the biggest impacts in terms of decarbonization and economic revitalization.




  • Nicoletta Batini - Lead Evaluator, International Monetary Fund
  • Leonardo Mendes Cabral, Director of Privatization, BNDES
  • Morgan Després - Director of Strategy and Head of the NGFS Secretariat, Banque de France
  • Philippe Knoche - Chairman, World Nuclear Association; Chief Executive Officer, Orano
  • Stephen Vaughan - Vice Chair of Energy & Power, Rothschild & Co


Interviews with industry leaders


Industry leaders discussed the topics that were covered during the event:


Adam Rodman, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Segra Capital


Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development


Julia Pyke, SZC Director of Financing and Economic Regulation, EDF Energy



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World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum 2020


On 9-11 September 2020, World Nuclear Association held Strategic eForum 2020, a series of high-level panel discussions focused on strengthening the nuclear industry, leading communication on key matters and bringing nuclear to the forefront in economic recovery plans. 


High-level Panel 1: Building a stronger and cleaner tomorrow with nuclear energy

  • Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy, UNECE
  • Michał Kurtyka, Minister, Ministry of Climate, Poland
  • William Magwood, Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).
  • Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency    
  • Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan and Director General of Uzatom
  • Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

In this high-level panel, senior political figures and experts from leading international energy organizations discussed how nuclear energy can address some of the most pressing issues the world is facing;

  • What are the fundamental benefits of nuclear energy that should lead decision-makers to support both new build and existing reactors?
  • How can nuclear projects contribute to the recovery from the economic impacts from COVID-19 and generate jobs? 
  • What role in the energy mix should nuclear energy have if we are going to success in moving to clean energy?

The panel was moderated by Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association.


High-level Panel 2: Driving investment towards nuclear projects

  • Leonam dos Santos Guimaraes, Director for Planning, Management and Environment, Eletronuclear
  • Jostein Kristensen, Partner, Oxera
  • Zheng Mingguang, Chief Engineer, SPIC 
  • Ilya Rebrov, Chief Financial Officer, ROSATOM
  • Bohdan Zronek, Member of The Board of the Directors, Chief Nuclear Officer, CEZ

In this high-level panel, nuclear industry and independent economic experts discussed how we will secure the investment needed to support a substantial expansion of global nuclear generation;

  • What are the challenges of financing new nuclear build projects? 
  • Which of the financing models have the best potential? 
  • How do the costs of nuclear energy compare to other forms of generation and how do we drive down costs for nuclear build

The panel was moderated by George Borovas, Partner and Head of Nuclear, Shearman & Sterling LLP.


High-level Panel 3: Maximising nuclear energy’s socio-economic and environmental benefits   

  • Bum-Jin Chung, Professor, Kyung Hee University
  • Liu Changxin, Deputy Director General, CNNC International
  • Jay Wileman, President and CEO, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
  • Johan Svenningsson, Country Chairman,Uniper
  • Polina Lion, Chief Sustainability Officer, Rosatom 

In this high-level panel, nuclear industry and academic experts discussed what nuclear energy can bring to local communities and the global environment;

  • Are nuclear projects ‘shovel ready’ and able to generate jobs more quickly? 
  • What can the nuclear industry do to reinforce support for nuclear energy? 
  • What are the broader benefits of nuclear power projects for the communities hosting them? 
  • What innovations in the nuclear industry will help enhance these benefits?

The panel was moderated by Tim Gitzel, President and CEO, Cameco and closed with concluding remarks from Philippe Knoche, Chairman, World Nuclear Association.


Interviews with industry leaders


Industry leaders discussed the topics that were covered during the World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum 2020:


Agneta Rising, Director General of World Nuclear Association, introduces Strategic eForum 2020


Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business, Rosatom


Patrick Fragman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Electric Company


Bernard Fontana, Chief Executive Officer, Framatome


Dan Poneman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Centrus


Callum Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Thor Associates


Canon Bryan, Chief Financial Officer of Terrestrial Energy and Eric Meyer, Founder & Executive Director of Generation Atomic



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