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mallowstreet University Dinner: Net Zero – The Need for Nuclear

*** PLEASE NOTE THIS UNIVERSITY DINNER WILL NOW BE TAKING PLACE DIGITALLY ***


The Sizewell C team at EDF Energy would like to invite you to discuss the need for nuclear as part of the UK’s electricity mix to help us achieve net zero.

Climate change is real: it is critical to focus on how the UK can achieve its legally binding commitment to reach net zero by 2050. To hit net zero, we need both to decarbonise electricity generation and to generate more low carbon electricity (to support the electrification of our heating and transport sectors – and the power cut in August showed us how dependent our society is on electricity). We need to make big changes to achieve these targets, while ensuring that our lights stay on and without doing damage to our economy. France and Sweden are countries that have achieved a low carbon electricity mix using a mix of nuclear and renewables, proving to us that it can be done.

Wind and solar provide us with affordable, low carbon, renewable energy but we need to ensure we have electricity whatever the weather. We have to provide alternatives to gas and coal for firm dispatchable power sources. Nuclear power provides firm, low carbon power whatever the weather.

The Sizewell project will also provide a huge amount of regional investment, job opportunities, training and skills development as well as a reducing carbon emissions. The Sizewell Project is committed to ensuring that environmental, social and good governance are at the heart of the project from the outset.

The Government is currently consulting on implementing the regulated asset based model for new nuclear, enabling us to provide a long-term inflation linked, ESG compliant investment opportunity: an exciting opportunity to invest in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.


Given the current uncertainty regarding Covid-19, we have been monitoring the situation closely and have decided to move this event online. The University Dinner will now take place online via a ‘Zoom’ meeting (a widely used webcast meeting provider). We will provide further information, including an access link and password, to all attendees in advance of the event.

Program

Time Description
18:00

Login and Access Meeting

The University Dinner will now take place online via a ‘Zoom’ meeting (a widely used webcast meeting provider). We will provide further information, including an access link and password, to all attendees in advance of the event.
18:15

Welcome and Introductions

18:25

Presentation

19:05

Questions and Close

19:30

End

Speakers

  • Julia Pyke

    Julia leads the Nuclear Development team for the Sizewell C project. Julia has been prominent in the nuclear industry for many years. She has been working at EDF for 3 years, first as General Counsel for the Hinkley Point C project before moving across to lead the Nuclear Development Team. Prior to joining EDF Julia was Head of Power at Herbert Smith Freehills where she led the negotiation and completion of all the legal arrangements for the Hinkley Point C project as well as advising many other prominent clients in the power and infrastructure industries.