Conference: Climate Crisis - Why nuclear is not helping

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Montag, 7. Oktober 2019 - 10:30 bis Dienstag, 8. Oktober 2019 - 16:00
ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser
Wagramer Straße 8
1220 Wien

The climate crisis is the biggest challenge we humans face. At the same time, nuclear energy is trying to make a come-back after the disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima. While nuclear lobbyists have stopped claiming new plants would be competitive long ago, they now hope to receive new subsidies by arguing their technology can contribute to a low CO2 electricity system. In order to do so, they enroll those few IPCC scenarios which include some share of nuclear electricity and to ‘cherry pick’ some IEA forecasts. In doing so, they hope to influence the EU and its bank EIB to find new money for new nuclear.

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This international conference, which takes place at the same time as IAEA’s very first climate conference on October 7 2019, will examine the hard evidence-base, the facts and figures – in order to prepare strategies to halt fresh money for the outdated technology that is nuclear. The key question is: Are those forecasts which support the use of nuclear accurate – or are they unfairly biased? Also the issue of whether this dying industry is able to deliver the new innovative designs and how quickly will be examined at this conference.

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Program of the Climate Crisis Conference

Day 1 - Monday, October 7th

Location: ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser , Wagramer Straße 8, 1220 Wien (across the road from IAEA)

Conference Part I

10:30 - 11:00
Registration at ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser, Vienna (across the road of IAEA)

11:00 – 11:20
Welcome: Andrea Schnattinger, Head of Vienna Ombuds Office for Environmental Protection; Organizer, video messages

11:20 – 11:30
Fridays for Future

11:30 – 12:10
Role of nuclear and climate goals in IEA, IAEA, IPCC scenarios
Critical look at forecasts – Overestimated for nuclear and underestimated for renewables? Nuclear generation increases, on average by around 2.5 times by 2050 in the 89 mitigation scenarios considered by the IPCC What the IPCC report also says about nuclear (leukemia, proliferation)
Speaker: Georg Günsberg and other energy experts (tbc)

12:10 – 12:35
Can we afford nuclear to save us from global warming?
Speaker: Steve Thomas, University of Greenwich, UK

12:35 – 13:00
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs): Findings from a key report by Paul Dorfman, M.V. Ramana and Sean Morris
Speaker: Paul Dorfman, The Energy Institute, University College London

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch break

Conference Part II

14:00 – 14:40
Operating a very old fleet of nuclear power plants is the most realistic scenario? Can ageing plants contribute to energy security and which additional risks will arise due to climate change phenomena?
Speaker: Oda Becker, Independent technical consultant, Hannover

14:40 - 15:10 
Propaganda versus reality of new generation of reactors (GEN IV)

Speaker: Christoph Pistner, Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety, Ökologieinstitut Darmstadt

15:10 - 16:30
Exclusive Presentation of the WNSIR 2019 by Mycle Schneider and the author of the special chapter on Nuclear Power and Climate Change by Amory Lovins RMI
For nuclear to be considered a feasible option in managing the decline of the fossil fuel economy, new reactors must be economically viable and built on-time - however, practical experience demonstrates that nuclear is hugely expensive and very much behind schedule. Nuclear costs and risks mean that plants can only be built with vast state aid (public subsidies), including loan guarantees and long-term power purchase agreements.
Speaker: Mycle Schneider and Amory Lovins – via video conferencing with Q&A

16:30 - 16:50
Coffee break

16:50 - 17:25
Nuclear power powers the bomb
Speaker: Angelika Claußen, IPPNW president for Europe, Germany

17:25 - 17:50
Nuclearisation of Africa and the role of IAEA
Speaker: Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife South Afrika

17:50 - 18:40
Panel Discussion: "How come the atom is still around?"

END of DAY 1


Day 2 - 08. October 2019

Workshops and NGO Strategy Day

Location: GLOBAL 2000 office in Vienna, Neustiftgasse 36, 1070 Vienna

Start: 09:00
End: 16:00

09:00 – 09:20
Introduction and wrap-up of DAY I as starting point

09: 20 – 10:00
First results of working paper on climate crisis and NPP: Eszter MÁTYÁS, CEU PhD, ENERGIAKLUB, Hungary. Presentation of the first results about NPP safety and operation under climate crisis condition. Followed by feedback by the workshop participants on possible further aspects to be included

10:00 – 11:00
Workshop on EU nuclear matters (Patricia Lorenz with co-speakers)

11:00 – 12:00
Workshop on upcoming EURATOM campaign, Greenpeace Energy

12:00 – 13:00

Dr. Claudio Knüsli: The European Nuclear Power Risk Study 2019 – Doctor’s warning for energy politicians and civil protection authorities. This study analyses accident consequences based on real weather situation (France, Swiss NPP) and shows how that the risks arising from severe nuclear accidents are very high, also for neighbouring countries; health radiation effects were researched.
Strategy workshop: Lifetime extension and EIA: ongoing developments, Jan Haverkamp, WISE Amsterdam, Greenpeace NL

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30
Don’t nuke the climate strategy finding work shop: How do we continue from here?

To participate in the conference, you have to register here (attendance is free):

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The conference & workshop day are organised by the Don’t Nuke the Climate network of anti-nuclear organisations and networks from all over the globe, that work together to keep nuclear out of the climate agreements and the Paris agreement:

Logo GLOBAL 2000Logo Earthlife Africa Logo NIRS - Nuclear Information and Resource Service Logo Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg Logo Ecodefense! - Экозащита!

Logo IPPNW - International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War   Logo RECH - Réaction en chaîne humaine Logo WISE - World Information Service on Energy Logo Uranium Network Logo DiaNuke - Dialogues and Resources on Nuclear, Nature and Society