Why net zero needs nuclear
20 July 2021
20 July 2021
Nuclear is the most powerful and efficient form of energy on Earth, and has saved the UK more carbon emissions than any other source. Nuclear is also the most jobs-rich form of low-carbon energy and will be vital for a green recovery. Join us for our Net Zero Week webinar “Why net zero needs nuclear”, as our panellists will examine the possibilities and urgency of nuclear investment, followed by a moderated Q&A.
Moderator/chair: Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
Trudy Harrison, Member of Parliament for Copeland
Charlotte Nichols, Member of Parliament for Warrington North
Cllr Lindsay Broadwell, Leicester councillor & nuclear energy advocate
Dr Ben Britton, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia & Visiting Reader, Imperial College London
Further Information On The Panellists:
Trudy Harrison MP
A proud, born and raised West Cumbrian is how Trudy would like to be known. Upon leaving Wyndham Comprehensive Trudy started her career at Sellafield working across site in a variety of roles. The decline of village life in Bootle motivated Trudy’s interest in local politics and prior to her election as Copeland’s first female MP in February 2017, worked on sustainable community projects in her home village.
Her parliamentary roles have included being a member of the Education Select Committee, Co-Chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Nuclear Energy, Autism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Trudy has also acted as Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education and most recently to the Prime Minister.
Charlotte Nichols MP
Charlotte Nichols was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Warrington North in December 2019. Prior to her election, she was employed as the National Research and Policy Officer for the union GMB, where one of her policy focuses was industrial policy around a Just Transition.
Charlotte is a member of the BEIS Select Committee, Co-Chair of the Nuclear APPG and an officer of the Hydrogen APPG, alongside her portfolio responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. She is a strong voice in Parliament for the sector and the thousands of her constituents employed in it.
Lindsay Broadwell is a councillor for Leicester City Council and a freelance advocate for nuclear energy, with an eye to human progress and a strong sense of environmental and social justice.
Dr Ben Britton
Dr Britton is an expert in materials science and engineering, with a keen interest in nuclear power. He directed the MSc in Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London for five years, and was the Deputy Director for the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial. He has engagement in policy discussions and academic research in this area for the majority of his career. He’s now employed as an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and is a Visiting Reader at Imperial College London. He can often be found tweeting on energy, materials, academia and equity as @bmatb.