Small is beautiful: The case for smaller nuclear reactors

The first of July’s stimulating virtual acumen7 sessions was led by Tony Roulstone, Course Director for Nuclear Energy, University of Cambridge. Tony presented the case for smaller nuclear reactors which have the advantages of lower costs, faster speed of build and that could be privately funded. The capital and energy costs, as well as the build time can all be reduced by utilising offsite modularisation, as proven in other industries. Part of the discussion was around how to change the negative perceptions of nuclear. The session also touched on what nuclear energy brings to the carbon neutral agenda, which will be explored in greater depth by the network later this year.

The climate restoration challenge

The second acumen7 talk at the July virtual meeting was led by John Holland, Non-Executive Chairman at KCG Europe Ltd and Debbie Marriott, Owner and Founder of Faithmarriott, who revealed findings from their exploration of the issue of climate restoration/repair. They discussed the fact that leadership is missing in the climate debate – the ambition is there, but not the necessary action, which they hope to address with their leadership programme. Climate change is of course a breath-takingly complicated area, so their efforts to explore and gain learnings from different projects and initiatives are important to try to establish a clear path forward. The hope is to restore the balance and to

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