Going Nuclear: Reconsidering Australia’s Energy Mix

Seminar/Forum

Going Nuclear: Reconsidering Australia’s Energy Mix

Prest Theatre
Business and Economics

Parkville campus

111 Barry Street

Further Details

T: (03) 9035 6209

nicole.mustedanagic@unimelb.edu.au

As Australia continues to balance the dual challenge of climate change response and energy security, the question of how nuclear energy can fit within the mix remains unanswered.

Internationally, nuclear power's credentials of being clean and efficient have lead the way for a 30% increase in planned reactor sites over the next decade. Australia remains the world's third-largest supplier of Uranium and in 2017 became a member of the Generation IV International Forum, a collaboration focused on developing next- generation nuclear energy systems.

The Finkel report into Australia’s energy future noted the strong awareness around potential hazards that come with nuclear power plants and that it would “require a significant amount of time to overcome social, legal, economical and technical barriers” to see any development on the nuclear energy front.

In this Centre for Market Design seminar, Dr Renaud Coulomb of the University of Melbourne will present his pioneering research which explores public fear about residing near nuclear power plants in the UK, monitoring house prices both before and after the Fukushima accident.

Mr Tony Wood, Director of the Energy Program at the Grattan Institute will discuss Dr Coulomb's research and how it applies to Australia’s perception of nuclear risk, as well as his report; ‘No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future?’ Associate Professor David Byrne, Director of Capability Building at the Centre for Market Design, will moderate the session.

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