2012 was brought to a close with the NIA’s Energy Choices conference in London. The event was extremely well attended with over 300 NIA members, several journalists and numerous industry representatives all present.
Standout speakers included Energy Minister, John Hayes and Business and Enterprise Minister, Michael Fallon who both spoke in praise of the industry as they announced the Government’s Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan. Highlights from our 2012 conference can be viewed below.
Along with the launch of the NIA’s eagerly anticipated capability report, updates were given by EDF Energy, NuGeneration Ltd. and Horizon Nuclear Power including a Q&A session with Hitachi. There were panel discussions about innovation in nuclear, skills and the supply chain, public confidence and dealing with legacy waste.
Another highlight of the conference was the ‘In Conversation’ session with Dr Tim Stone CBE. Interviewed by Lord Hutton, he spoke in some detail about the highlights and lowlights of the past few years. He described nuclear as a ‘sound investment’ but he insisted that there are still challenges to overcome with the need to constantly evolve and improve the industry.
2013 promises to follow on from the successes of 2012, showcasing the many benefits that nuclear brings to the UK economy through current generation, new build and decommissioning, and presenting developments and updates from across industry, government and beyond, with a programme that features speakers and panellists from some of the most prominent companies across all aspects of the civil nuclear industry.