09:00-15:30 CET, Online and Katowice
Nuclear energy as an opportunity for energy transformation of the Silesia and Zagłębie Region, Poland
Climate change is forcing us to change the way we generate electricity and heat. This transition should be fair and should not be done at the expense of local communities which have flourished in coal-related regions. According to the Polish Academy of Sciences, in addition to the significant expansion of renewable energy sources, nuclear capacities able to power entire metropolises in a cheap and weather-independent way will also be needed.
METREX Members are invited to participate in the “Nuclear power for local governments. Nuclear energy as an opportunity for energy transformation of the the Silesia and Zagłębie Region” conference, organized by METREX Member Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia. The conference is held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment. The event will take place on 13 September 2022, at the Silesian Museum in Katowice, as part of the Metropolitan Energy Days event partnered by the City of Katowice.
The opening speech will be delivered by Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, and the special guest of the conference will be Mark Nelson, Managing Director of the Radiant Energy Fund, advisor to governments, non-profit organisations and industry on the use of nuclear energy, USA.
During the conference, we will try to find answers to the following questions:
- Is nuclear power a necessity to achieve low emission goals?
- Is it an opportunity for cheap, clean and stable energy in relation to the current situation on international markets?
- Why should local governments be interested in developing nuclear energy?
- Will they be able to actively use it?
- Is SMR the future of small-scale nuclear power?
The main theme of the conference – nuclear power for local governments will be most heard during the presentation of the SaHo model, in which both large and small nuclear projects can be implemented in cooperative models. For many decades, Finns and Americans have been implementing their projects in a similar way.
The conference will also furnish you with information about preparations for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland and about the role of SMRs in the energy sector of the future.
Finally, during the local government panel, prepared in partnership with the Silesian Association of Municipalities and Districts, we will try to answer the question whether nuclear energy can be an opportunity for the energy transformation of coal regions.
The event is addressed not only to the representatives of local governments, but also to people interested in the energy transformation, including specialists in the field of energy.
Participation in the conference is free of charge. The conference can be attended at the Silesian Museum, or on-line – the conference will be live-streamed. Both on-site and on-line guests will have the opportunity to ask questions. The conference will be interpreted simultaneously into English. Live-streaming will also be held in two languages: Polish and English.
More information about the conference and the registration form can be found on www.metropolia-energia.pl website.