We'll Always Have Paris: Nuclear Energy After the 2015 UN Climate Change Agreement

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UK PONI is pleased to host a panel discussion to reflect on the outcome of the Paris Agreement and what role, if any, nuclear energy plays in meeting the goals set out in the deal

In December 2015, 196 countries signed a historic agreement to combat climate change, agreeing to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2°C by the year 2100. Nuclear power featured in these discussions, with the International Energy Agency (IEA) projecting that the share of nuclear energy in global electricity production would need to rise substantially by 2050 in order to meet the agreement’s targets. Others, however, argue that there are cheaper and more effective ways of reducing carbon emissions, and instead look towards hydro, solar and wind as means to this end.

One thing is clear: the agreement reached in Paris calls for a clear re-structuring of the world’s energy mix and meeting that challenge will require thorough examination of the alternatives, including nuclear power.

Our panel will include:

  • Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
  • Matthew Clarke, Deputy Director, Nuclear Generation and International, Office for Nuclear Development, Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • Simon Barber, Global Nuclear Lead, Arup

The discussion will be followed by drinks in RUSI’s Library of Military History.

This event is open to UK PONI members only.

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