27 October 2014, 13:00-15:00
Zielna Conference Centre
Zielna 37, Warsaw
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report is an annual comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The latest edition confirms a global decline in the share of nuclear power within commercial primary energy production to a record low of 4.4 %. Out of 69 construction sites, 49 projects have encountered multi-annual delays, and growing operating costs have led to the shutdown of several units in the United States. According to the authors of the report, the price of electricity produced from nuclear plants would not be economically competitive without large subsidies and indirect state support. The great world economies of China, Germany, Japan, and Brazil are only some of the nuclear countries producing more electricity from new renewables than from nuclear power plants.
How are the conclusions of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report relevant for Poland? In spite of the global downward trend in the nuclear power industry, the Polish government has been working intensively on a new project to build two nuclear power stations by 2035. How can we estimate the country’s nuclear power programme in view of such issues as energy security, the economy, and its influence on health, society, and the natural environment?
The Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw was pleased to host a meeting with the main author of the report, Mycle Schneider, as well as a discussion about the future of energy in Poland and the wider world.
Report can be found at www.worldnuclearreport.org.
12:30 – 13:00 Registration and buffet
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome
Irene Hahn-Fuhr, Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw
13:05 – 13:30 Presentation of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014
Mycle Schneider, independent international consultant in the field of nuclear and energy strategies.
13:30 – 14:00 Nuclear energy and the Polish perspective
Andrzej Kassenberg, Ph.D., Institute for Sustainable Development
Daria Kulczycka, Director, Energy and Climate Change Department, Lewiatan
Mycle Schneider, independent international consultant in the field of nuclear and energy strategies
14:00 – 15:00 Discussion with the audience
Moderator: Edwin Bendyk, Polityka
Over the past years, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report has made a name for itself as an independent and accurate reference point to researchers and media the world over. The report's success is due to its truly factual and empirical analysis of the global nuclear industry. It is not a report intended to push a pro or anti nuclear narrative, it simply states the facts. It bundles and makes available generally accepted data and provides a vital reality check to the current situation of the global nuclear industry, as well as identifying important nuclear trends.