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Media Partnership - Powering Tomorrow, Inspiring Today: Nuclear Energy 2.0

11-04-2024

Media Partnership - Powering Tomorrow, Inspiring Today: Nuclear Energy 2.0

Please note that this event took place in person only.

In February, the European Commission proposed its recommendations for an EU 2040 climate target and the global pursuit of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Nuclear power is seen as part of the solution to tackle climate change and meet growing energy needs to decarbonise our economy.

Following the Nuclear Energy Summit, jointly organised by the IAEA and Belgium on March 21, 2024, EDF, Fortum, and Vattenfall, in partnership with Euractiv, are preparing an insightful event. We will delve into the central role of nuclear energy, in partnership with renewable energy technologies, in achieving the European Union’s climate, social, and strategic objectives.

The event will explore the need for a neutral approach to net-zero technologies, and define the key steps that the nuclear industry will have to take to achieve these goals.

Taking up this significant challenge includes the need to inspire and cultivate emerging talent. We should motivate them to eagerly pursue a career path in net zero technologies, contributing to a greener future.

Do not miss this opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of net zero energy and making a positive impact on the world. Nuclear Energy 2.0 is more than just a conference. It is an exploration of the next phase in the evolution of the European energy landscape.

Get ready for an interactive debate on the potential of nuclear energy!

Panel 1 - Driving Europe's industry with fossil free technologies

Given the pressing climate crisis and alarming IPCC reports, it's crucial to swiftly decarbonise the energy sector for carbon neutrality. Electrification remains one of the main drivers of the transition across sectors. How can different net-zero technologies complement each other to meet increased demand for clean and secure electricity? What role for nuclear technologies in supporting European industry competitiveness to decarbonise their energy consumption and processes?

This approach could pave the way for industries to transition to net-zero solutions, promoting reindustrialisation and ensuring the continent's energy security. Collaborative efforts can address climate change, stimulate the economy, and secure our energy future.

Panel 2 - Fostering Talent and Innovation in the European Nuclear Sector

To fulfill the increasing demand for decarbonised electricity, the European nuclear industry needs a skilled and dedicated workforce. This challenge requires a significant influx of workers in all parts of the industry. Key issues revolve around awareness and opportunities of the sector, motivations for joining it, encountered challenges, and enhancing its appeal to younger generations. How can we address these concerns and invigorate the European nuclear industry, fostering innovation, attracting creative minds, retaining those talents, and preparing the next generation to tackle the challenges ahead?


Organised by: EDF, FORTUM, VATTENFALL
Media Partner: Euractiv


Location

Sparks Meeting
Rue Ravenstein 60, 1000 Bruxelles

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Panellists

Maroš Šefcovic, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market
Massimo Garribba, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Rosalinde Van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet, DG RTD, European Commission
Clara Staicu, Romanian Deputy Permanent Representative


Ann Mettler, Vice President Europe, Breakthrough Energy
Jan-Olof Jacke, Director General of Swedish Confederation of Enterprises
Jadwiga Najder, ENS Science & Outreach Manager, ex Chair ENS Young Generation


Roberto Adinolfi,
Chairman, Ansaldo Nucleare
Markus Rauramo, CEO Fortum
Luc Rémont, CEO EDF
Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive Vice President Generation, Vattenfall

Moderator

Dave Keating
Euractiv

Schedule

8h45 – 9h30 Breakfast

9h30 – 9h50 Keynote speech:
Maroš Šefcovic, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

9h50 – 10h50 Panel 1- Driving Europe's industry with fossil free technologies

Jan-Olof Jacke, Director General of Swedish Confederation of Enterprises
Ann Mettler, Vice President Europe, Breakthrough Energy
Markus Rauramo, CEO Fortum
Luc Rémont, CEO EDF
Clara Staicu, Romanian Deputy Permanent Representative

10h50 – 11h15 Coffee Break

11h15 – 11h35 Keynote speech by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market

11h35 – 12h35 Panel 2 - Fostering Talent and Innovation in the European Nuclear Sector

Roberto Adinolfi,
Chairman, Ansaldo Nucleare
Massimo Garribba, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Jadwiga Najder, ENS Science & Outreach Manager, ex Chair ENS Young Generation
Rosalinde Van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet, DG RTD, European Commission
Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive Vice President Generation, Vattenfall

12h35 – 12h45 Wrap up

12h45 - 14h00 Lunch

Contact

Sébastien de Decker
sebastien.dedecker@euractiv.com