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Exploring challenges and opportunities for nuclear power in the UK, with senior figures from the sector

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Under the UK’s Net Zero ambitions, demand for zero-carbon power is expected to increase substantially in coming decades, as greater proportions of heating and transport system are electrified and unabated fossil-fuelled power is phased out. Following the publication of the 2020 Energy White Paper, opportunities exist to increase the share of nuclear power in the UK’s generating mix, but a range of barriers across economic, technical and social dimensions must be overcome to do so.

This online event, hosted by POST in partnership with the Canada-UK Council (CUKC), will allow parliamentarians to learn about and discuss the outcomes of a 2020 CUKC Colloquium on nuclear power, with the aim that they can better understand the range of challenges and opportunities the civil nuclear sector faces in the UK.

The focus of the 2020 CUKC Colloquium was “The Nuclear Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities”. Over two days, it brought together a range of international experts and policy makers to examine ways to advance the use of nuclear energy in the two nations. Participants examined political, regulatory, technological and financial aspects of the subject, as well as issues around public acceptance and decommissioning. Its aim was to foster international collaboration with a set of 30 recommendations for the UK and Canadian governments in the civil nuclear area.

A full report of the Colloquium with its recommendations can be found here (pdf). This event will take a deeper look at the Colloquium’s recommendations as they pertain to the UK and explore further options for collaboration between the UK and Canada in the area.


Darren Jones MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Chair)


  • Anthony Cary, Chairman of the British Committee of CUKC
  • Dr Tim Stone CBE, Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association
  • Jean Llewellyn OBE, NED, Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • George Christidis, Vice President, Government Relations and International Affairs, Canada Nuclear Association
  • Dr Paul Howarth, CEO, National Nuclear Laboratory

Who can join

This briefing is open to UK and Canadian parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and Government officials.


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Personal data collected by the UK Parliament for this event, facilitate entry and evaluation. A full list of all attendees, their occupation, organisation and contact details will be provided during the event, but you will be given the option to opt out. To find out more about how we handle personal data, please see our privacy policy.

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Organiser Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Organiser of Nuclear power in the UK

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

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