Transition to a low-carbon, low-pollution and resource-efficient economy is a priority for both the UK and Canadian governments. The task at hand requires significant changes to how we create and consume energy, including to meet ambitious targets such as getting to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Nuclear energy is a specialized, high value, carbon free sector in Canada. The UK is a growing and high potential destination. By creating the right conditions – through policy, regulation, and funding – both governments are working to foster R&D and encourage investment in nuclear technologies. The private sector play a central role in the commercialization and cost-effectiveness of clean energy breakthroughs. Entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses drive innovation from the laboratory into the marketplace. Capital flows are moving into cleaner energy alternatives as the impacts of climate change, and the corresponding need to act, become more evident.
Canada UK Nuclear Energy Summit
Organized by The Energy Roundtable, The Canada-UK Nuclear Energy Summit gathered Canadian companies with their UK counterparts to explore collaboration and export opportunities for new build, waste management and future nuclear technologies. A principal aim of the Canada UK Nuclear Energy Summit was to expand export opportunities for Canadian firms into the UK market. The Summit addressed the following topics:
UK Civil Nuclear Showcase
The Canada UK Nuclear Energy Summit was aligned with the British Department for International Trade’s Civil Nuclear Showcase, which took place on March 3 & 4 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. The Showcase offered more than 500 businesses from across the world a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments across the international nuclear landscape, and to network with thought leaders and key stakeholders from the world’s primary nuclear markets.
More information, including details of the programme, can be found here.
Wednesday, March 4 – Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel London
|12:30 pm||Networking luncheon|
|MC||Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable|
|1:10 pm||Welcome remarks|
|1:15 pm||Keynote address by Staffan Qvist, Qvist Consulting and co-author of A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow|
|1:35 pm||Canada UK cooperation Governments and industry are working together to advance the development of nuclear technologies. Canada and the UK recognize the importance of creating the right conditions to foster and encourage investment into the transition to a low carbon economy and the panelists will examine recent initiatives to support this transition in the nuclear space.
Session chair: Dr. Fiona Rayment, Director, National Nuclear Laboratory
|2:15 pm||New build and refurbishment Nuclear power is a key strategic interest for Canada and the UK, and an important part of international efforts to reduce carbon emissions whilst keeping pace with increasing energy demand. This session will provide the latest updates on the UK and Canada’s new build, refurbishment and waste management programmes.
Session chair: Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
|3:00 pm||Networking break|
|3:30 pm||Next generation technologies New and existing nuclear technologies depend for their success on commercial and academic organisations being at the cutting edge of nuclear technology, and translating ground-breaking R&D into products and services which can be deployed on nuclear sites. This includes small and advanced reactors, which have the potential to transform the nuclear sector in adding to the range of nuclear power options. This session will explore how the UK and Canada are supporting innovation, and the benefits of international collaboration in R&D.
Session chair: Richard Sexton, President & CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
|4:15 pm||Waste management and decommissioning. The global spent fuel and nuclear waste management market is expected to become an increasingly important part of nuclear sector activity in the coming decades, as many reactors are expected to soon reach the end of their technical lifetime. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited have a five year agreement to collaborate on radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental restoration. The session will explore developments and opportunities in the UK and Canada.
Session chair: Corhyn Parr, Director, UK Waste Operations, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
About the Summit organisers
The Canada UK Nuclear Energy Summit is an initiative of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT). Founded in 1999, CERT has served as the private sector architect of the Canada EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CERT), of which the Canada UK relationship represents the largest commercial component. CERT and it’s sister organization The Energy Roundtable, help define the Canadian energy sector’s role in domestic affairs and in global energy markets. Our annual conference series gather leaders from the energy sector to review industry developments, facilitate networking and explore business opportunities. For further information consult: