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The role of nuclear energy during COVID and beyond

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12:30 PM in Paris
CEM work stream event

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had significant impacts on the global economy and energy sector. It has also underlined the importance electricity reliability and resilience during major disruptions. With governments considering a broad range of options for economic recovery and job creation, it is becoming increasingly clear that stimulus packages have the opportunity to support energy systems that both fulfil these criteria while meeting long-term environmental goals and energy security.

The NEA is examining the regulatory and operational impacts of the crisis, and working closely with its members to enable exchanges of policy approaches and best practices around the world. As part of these efforts, the NEA will host the first in a series of discussions to explore the role that nuclear energy can play in the post COVID 19 recovery, whilst also supporting the path towards a truly sustainable and environmentally responsible energy future. NEA Director General William D. Magwood, IV will moderate the discussion.

• René Neděla, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
• Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association
• Brent Wanner, WEO Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
• Juan Garin, Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs
• Julia Pyke, SZC Director of Financing, EDF Energy
• Atte Harjanne, Member of the Finnish Parliament & Helsinki City Council

The panel will address the following key issues in the context of post-pandemic recovery:
• Creating high-value jobs and economic development;
• Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure;
• Building low-carbon resilient electricity infrastructures;
• Achieving cost-effective decarbonisation of electricity systems.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a Q&A session afterwards.