Energy Forum Breakfast Panel:
Small Nuclear Reactors &
The Fight Against Climate Change
The UK and Canada are both looking to develop small nuclear reactors. Canada’s “A Call to Action: A Canadian Roadmap for Small Modular Reactors” has been acclaimed for its extensive engagement with industry and end-users and its focus on 5 areas: technology, economics and finance, indigenous and public engagement, waste management and regulatory readiness.
In parallel with Canada’s efforts, the UK has been developing its own small nuclear programme. The Expert Finance Working Group considered how to bring private financing into small reactor development and suggested a framework under which small reactors should be developed. The UK has also been providing grants for the development of manufacturing facilities and advanced nuclear technologies. It is also working on siting, advanced fuels and developing its regulatory regime for the development of these technologies.
Alongside these exciting developments, the UK has committed to Net Zero by 2050 with legislation recently being passed and Canada has developed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Clean energy is key in meeting these ambitions and nuclear is seen as a key component in delivering net zero clean energy.
This event will discuss:
How regulators in Canada and the UK are collaborating on the development of small reactors
The role of small nuclear in meeting Net Zero
The application of small reactors both on and off the grid
How the development of small reactors is progressing in the two jurisdictions.
Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation
Adriènne Kelbie’s supportive and straightforward approach to leading ONR has brought stability and clarity of direction to the safety, security and safeguards regulator, as it modernises its ways of working while maintaining the highest regulatory standards. She has worked in the private, voluntary and public sectors, with twenty years at Board level, where she has driven improved customer focus, transparency, organisational development, and both staff and stakeholder engagement. She is known as a transformational leader who is greatly interested in developing her people and learning from them. She believes that the best teams are diverse teams, and her commitment is broadened beyond ONR, as Patron of Women in Nuclear UK. In recognition of her promotion of public safety through diversity she was awarded the rare distinction of Honorary Fellow of the Nuclear Institute in 2017 and is Northern Power Women’s Transformational Leader 2019.
Adriènne is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, a Companion Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and a graduate of Oxford University’s Major Programme Leadership Academy, reflecting her interest in developing leadership by example.
She credits her team for their professionalism, knowledge and commitment, and works closely with Mark Foy, who as Chief Nuclear Inspector is accountable for ONR’s independent regulatory decision making.
Dr David Cole
Market Director EMEA, Nuclear & Power
Atkins Energy UK & Europe
Head of Business Development
Global Capital Projects & Infrastructure Group
The UK's Expert Finance Working Group on Small Reactors