Will nuclear ever be considered a sensible energy option by Australians?
Did Fukushima shake global confidence in nuclear power?
As Australia continues to balance the dual challenge of climate change response and energy security, the question of how nuclear energy can fit within the mix remains unanswered.
Internationally, nuclear power’s credentials of being clean and efficient have lead the way for a 30% increase in planned reactor sites over the next decade.
Australia remains the world’s third largest supplier of Uranium and in 2017 became a member of the Generation IV International Forum; a collaboration focused on developing next generation nuclear energy systems.
The Finkel report into Australia’s energy future noted the strong awareness around potential hazards that come with nuclear power plants and that it would “require a significant amount of time to overcome social, legal, economical and technical barriers” to see any development on the nuclear energy front.
In this Centre for Market Design seminar, Dr Renaud Coulomb of the University of Melbourne will present his pioneering research which explores public fear about residing near nuclear power plants in the UK, monitoring house prices both before and after the Fukushima accident. Mr Tony Wood, Director of the Energy Program at the Grattan Institute will discuss Dr. Coulomb’s research and how it applies to Australia’s perception of nuclear risk, as well as his report; ‘No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future?’ Associate Professor David Byrne, Director of Capability Building at the Centre for Market Design, will moderate the session.
This is a free seminar, but registration is essential as it is filling fast.