The Nuclear Elephant Symposium

UPDATE

March 3, 2017, The Nuclear Elephant turned out a great event! On behalf of the Stichting KernVisie, we would like to thank the speakers, moderator and all participants for their contribution to making the symposium a great success, hopefully to be repeated in 2018! Photos and the presentations are available on: www.kernvisie.com

The Netherlands are moving firmly towards a CO2 – neutral 2050. The climate objectives require an energy transition that forces us to make choices to establish a sustainable energy mix. Not only the CO2 emission but also security of supply, economic growth and quality of life play an important role.

Friday, March 3rd, the Stichting KernVisie organises the symposium The Nuclear Elephant at De Nieuwe Liefde (The New Love) in Amsterdam. On this day we would like to start a discussion about the elephant in the climate debate: how to deal with nuclear energy as a CO2 emission-free energy source.

How big is the hunger for energy in the Netherlands and in the rest of the world? What does a sustainable energy mix look like? How indispensable is nuclear energy, now and in the future? Do we want and do we dare to change our opinion? What are the objections against and risks of nuclear energy? National and international speakers, together with the audience, will address these and other questions.

Committed supporters, strong opponents, critical skeptics and curious knowledge seekers. We would like to meet you at The Nuclear Elephant. The number of places are limited, so don’t miss your chance to be part of the discussion on The Nuclear Elephant.


Speakers

Stephen Tindale

Stephen Tindale

Stephen Tindale is Director of The Alvin Weinberg Foundation and co-founder of the organization Climate. From 2000 to 2005, he was the Executive Director of Greenpeace in the United Kingdom until 2005. Tindale is noted for his recent U-turn on nuclear power. Along with three other persons who have been involved with the environmental movement, Chris Smith, Mark Lynas and Chris Goodall, he is now lobbying in favor of nuclear power. He considers that the need to overcome the dangers of rising carbon emissions and subsequent global warming requires a rethinking of anti-nuclear positions amongst the environmental movement. In addition to current nuclear technology, Tindale supports the research and development of the thorium fuel cycle in molten salt reactors to reduce nuclear waste output and increase safety.

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Rauli Partanen

Rauli Partanen

Author of The Climate Gamble. Author, an entrepreneur and a father of three. His first book Suomi öljyn jälkeen (with Harri Paloheimo and Heikki Waris) got shortlisted for both of Finland’s large national non-fiction book awards. Its adapted translation The World After Cheap Oil was published by Routledge in late 2014, with a German translation (self-published) Die Welt nach dem billigen Öl following in early 2015. Rauli also writes articles on different papers and magazines and gives frequent lectures, presentations and interviews on the subjects of his expertise (energy in general and as a enabler of economic activity and well-being and environmental problems such as climate change, oil and nuclear energy especially, resource scarcity and so forth).

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Janne Korhonen

Janne Korhonen

Author of The Climate Gamble. A doctoral student AbD (All but Dissertation) at Aalto University. The thesis deals with the impact of energy and material constraints on the history of technological development. Prior to PhD studies and various book and other projects, Janne was a founding partner in a Finnish ecodesign company Seos Design. He still gives annual lectures on sustainable design.

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Kirsty Gogan

Kirsty Gogan

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), a new NGO working to meet the goal of universal access to clean and cheap energy. EFH is founded around two of the great environmental and humanitarian challenges we face in this century: dramatically cutting carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change within mid-century timescales; whilst lifting billions of people out of poverty to achieve modern standards of living. EFH was shortlisted for the Business Green Leaders “Green NGO of the Year” Award in 2016. Kirsty has been a senior advisor to Governments, industry, academic networks and non-profit organizations for more than 15 years.

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Anouk ter Brugge

Anouk ter Brugge

Anouk ter Brugge is the chair of the Dutch Young Generation. A social network for young professionals working or interested in nuclear. The activities of the network include the sharing of ideas and knowledge. In this context Ter Brugge participated at the COP22 conference to inform the other participants about the importance of having nuclear energy as part of the solution when fighting the climate change.

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Pier Stapersma

Pier Stapersma

Pier Stapersma (1980) has been working as a Senior for the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) in The Hague since 2012. Before Stapersma started at Clingendael, he had worked as a Business Analyst for the Strategy and Policies division of DELTA N.V. contributing to the development of long-term visions on energy markets and policies. After graduating his Bachelor Science degree in Computer Science at the Universiteit Twente, he received a Master of Science in Public Administration at the Centrum voor Schone Technologie en Milieubeleid (CSTM) of the same university.

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Moderators

Remco de Boer

Remco de Boer

Remco de Boer works as an adviser, researcher and publicist. He studied Engineering at TU Delft. After graduating, De Boer worked for several construction consultancies before he started ‘De Boer communications’ in 1996. Starting April 2016 he has reported on the Dutch energy transition for: Het Financiële Dagblad, BNR Nieuwsradio and the news agency Energeia. Since 2012, De Boer has worked as columnist with Delft Integraal, the TU Delft scientific magazine. Before 2012, he worked as a commentator for, among other media, De Ingenieur, the technological magazine of the Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs. In 2015, his book Tussen hoogmoed en hysterie was published, a reconstruction of the battle against the shale gas exploration in the Netherlands.

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Program

Time Speaker
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome
10:00 10:45 Stephen Tindale Saving the Climate means changing your mind
11:00 – 11:45 Pier Stapersma The Dutch/European/world need for energy. Why do we need an energy-mix?
12:00 – 12:30 Anouk ter Brugge The Dutch Young Generation Engaging in Marrakech
12:35 – 13:30 Lunchbreak
13:30 – 14:15 Kirsty Gogan Energy4humanity: Making a difference.
14:30 – 15:30 Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen The Climate Gamble. Roast the authors
16:00 – 17:00 Drinks

De Nieuwe Liefde

Location

DE NIEUWE LIEFDE
De Nieuwe Liefde is a unique venue in the heart of Amsterdam. Originally built as a winery in 1904, over the years it was used as a catholic parish, a theatre and a safe haven during wartime. Recently the building serves as a venue for debate, reflection and poetry sessions. In their own words: Debate to talk about the world, reflection to talk about ourselves and poetry to rise with words above the chaos.

Adress
Da Costakade 102
1053 WP Amsterdam
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Website
denieuweliefde.com


Media

March 3, 2017, The Nuclear Elephant turned out a great event! On behalf of the Stichting KernVisie, we would like to thank the speakers, moderator and all participants for their contribution to making the symposium a great success, hopefully to be repeated in 2018! Photos and the presentations are available on: www.kernvisie.com

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