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Is Nuclear a Sustainable Energy Option?

Chatham House, London

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Jeremy Leggett, Founder and Chairman, Solarcentury and Convenor, UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security
Professor Paul Stevens, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House
Professor Stephen Thomas, Professor of Energy Policy and Director of Research, Public Services International Research Unit, University of Greenwich
Stephen Tindale, Associate Fellow, Centre for European Reform
Chair: Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor, The Economist


The UK Government believes that in order to meet its CO2 reduction targets and improve supply diversity, more nuclear power plants should be built. Consequently it is actively encouraging and supporting European electricity utilities to adopt this strategy. However, the Fukushima crisis in Japan has highlighted not only the potential environmental damage associated with nuclear power but also its financial risks and this has once again raised the question 'Is Nuclear a Sustainable Energy Option?'.