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What Prevents Nuclear Energy Development in Europe?

The current war in Ukraine is turning the energy systems debate primarily to how to tackle the realistic risk of Russian natural gas cut-off. The list of possible solutions includes accelerated development of renewables and energy consumption reduction schemes. Czech political representatives, in turn, have supported long-term replacement of fossil fuels with investment in nuclear reactors. What are the economic risks associated with new nuclear units? Can we substitute for Russian natural gas and phase out coal combustion without them? Which energy future will be cheaper?

The objective of the international conference NEC 2022 “What Prevents Nuclear Energy Development in Europe?” is to discuss these very issues in detail with international and Czech experts.

Conference agenda

  • 10.00-10.15 AM: OpeningStefan Kaineder, Councillor, State Government of Upper Austria; Edvard Sequens, energy consultant, Calla – Association for Preservation of the Environment
  • 10.15-10.40 AM: How to achieve climate neutralitySimon Müller, Director Germany, Agora Energiewende
  • 10.40-11.00 AM: Technology choices for the cheapest energy mix of the futureFelicia Aminoff, energy transition expert, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • 11.00-11.20 AM: Recent experience of Dukovany tender participantsStephen Thomas, Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy, University of Greenwich, London
  • 11.20-11.40 AM: France's nuclear plans versus realityYves Marignac, chief expert on nuclear and fossil energies, Institut négaWatt
  • 11.40 AM-12.00 PM: Can Czechia tackle natural gas cut-off without new reactors?Petr Holub, energy consultant, Budovy 21
  • 12.00-12.20 PM: Hidden costs of nuclear powerOldřich Sklenář, analyst, Association for International Affairs Research Centre
  • 12.20-1.00 PM: Discussion with speakers
  • 1.00 PM: End