Nuclear power, as an alternative energy source, sparks intriguing discussions. By tapping into its power, it generates electricity without the carbon emissions associated with fossil fuels. This starts conversations about its role in meeting global energy demands while transitioning to a cleaner future. However, concerns about safety, waste management, and the potential for nuclear proliferation also contribute to the ongoing debates surrounding its use.
To delve deeper into the topic, the EU Tech Chamber (EUTECH) Environment Alliance organized a webinar on July 07, 2023, to discuss
“Nuclear Power: Safety, Potential and Field Impact”.
The webinar started off with a short overview of the organization and a formal introduction of the panelists by Mr. Aimal Jehangir, coordinator of the Environment Alliance.
The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Jan Emblemsvåg, Professor Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), whose presentation commenced the webinar.
The other panelists for the day were:
Mr. Rajat Rai Handa, Environmental Consultant, Project Manager and Project Leader (Black Forest Solution GmbH),
Ms. Aliki van Heek, Sustainable Energy Business Researcher (Nuclear-21, Vienna Austria),
Mr. Collins k Wafula, Founder Nuclear Energy is the Better (NUEB).
Throughout the session, the speakers highlighted the benefits of nuclear power, its use in different parts of the world, as well as in terms of climate change and energy security. Nuclear waste was discussed as well, given the valid concerns that revolve around some long-lived nature of radioactive elements. Generally, however, the risk of accidents is low – and even considering the historical accidents of Chernobyl and Fukushima, scientific and procedural advancements have allowed us to tackle nuclear waste more safely and effectively.
The goal for many energy corporations now is: low carbon-intensive energy sources. But instead, dependence on fossil fuels has unfortunately increased. Political factors such as the Ukrainian crisis has largely caused reliance on Russian gas to increase in places like Germany. But this is not viable, long term. Thus, other energy forms were also discussed in detail, and that all available to us should be taken into account based on environmental factors – for e.g., harnessing solar and wind power.
The best way forward, in consensus, would be a mix of different energy sources, leaving out fossil fuels – thus promoting and ensuring energy independence.
We want to thank our respectable speakers for their informed presentations and discussions on this vital and relevant topic. Moreover, special thanks to Mr. Aimal Jehangir for moderating the webinar and distributing Tree-Certificates to each of the panelists.