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The Global Energy Prize annually honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.

The Global Energy Prize laureate: Nuclear energy as the basis of a low-carbon energy balance

The 2014 Global Energy Prize laureate Lars Gunnar Larsson gave presentation within the VIII International Forum “Atomexpo 2016”.  During the plenary session “Nuclear energy as the basis of a low-carbon energy balance”, he presented his vision on the subject.

Note that together with Lars Larsson, other leading experts in the field of ecology, nuclear power and industry discussed the future of the world energy balance. According to them, nuclear energy will take a significant place in it in addition to renewable energy. It will form the base of hydrocarbons-free future and will be a reliable, cost predictable and clean source of energy.

Speaking on a carbon-free energy balance, Lars Larsson underlined that The Paris Climate Summit outlined the global vector to change the world energy balance in the direction of reduction of greenhouse gases emissions to prevent global average temperature increase more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. In this case, nuclear power has a very important contribution to play if the world is going to meet its objective. “Since global warming is a critical issue, the environmental sector must look at priorities and generally support continued technical development of nuclear power. Taking into account large investment costs and long pay-back time of nuclear power, the politicians need to formulate a stable, long-term energy policy where nuclear investors are not scared-off because of this long-time perspective” – said Lars Larsson

In addition, according to the Global Energy Prize laureate, it is important for the academic world to take research initiatives in the development of nuclear power so that the nuclear fuel basis can be extended to U-238 and Th, thus creating a truly sustainable nuclear energy concept. Besides that, safe nuclear waste disposal and international cooperation to develop more harmonized and standardized requirements are the key points necessary for the development of nuclear energy and building of energy future without hydrocarbons, according to the scientist.

Note that the list of speakers included Victor Vekselberg, President of the “Skolkovo” Foundation, Sergey Kirienko, Director General of State Corporation "Rosatom", Semeon Levy, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, and others.

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