Webinar: The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Low-Carbon Future, a Cross-Sector Perspective

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Nuclear power has long been one of the most controversial forms of energy, with powerplant disasters and poor nuclear waste disposal often cited as major reasons to abandon the source. However, recent advocates argue that nuclear energy is misunderstood, and with an ability to produce vast amounts of energy with low carbon emissions, will be vital to achieving net-zero by 2050.

With nuclear power high on the agenda at COP25, and expected to be a significant part of the UK government's plans for decarbonisation and energy transition ahead of COP26, WIG is delighted to invite you to a cross-sector webinar on the role of nuclear energy in a low-carbon future.

By tuning in to hear from Stephen Speed, Director of the Nuclear Directorate at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Dawn James, Vice President of Nuclear Power at Jacobs; and Jan-Horst Keppler, Senior Adviser to the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, you will:

  • Understand more about the role that nuclear power could play in decarbonising energy networks domestically and abroad
  • Hear from experts on the myths and misconceptions that surround nuclear energy, from questions about its safety, to the idea of a 'silver bullet' to carbon emissions
  • Have the unique opportunity to pose your questions directly to our cross-sector panel of experts during an audience Q&A


  • Jan-Horst Keppler

    Senior Economic Advisor

    OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

    Jan Horst Keppler is senior economic advisor at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. He is also professor of economics at the Université Paris – Dauphine, where he directs the Chair European Electricity Markets (CEEM) and the Masters Energy, Finance, Carbon (EFC). His principal research is on the competitiveness of low carbon technologies such as nuclear energy, taking into account their full costs at the system level. Recent publications include The Costs of Decarbonisation: System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and Renewables (2019), The Full Costs of Electricity Provision (2018), “Determining Optimal Interconnection Capacity on the Basis of Hourly Demand and Supply Functions of Electricity” (Energy Journal, 2018) as well as “Rationales for Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms” (Energy Policy, 2017). Professor Keppler intervenes regularly in the media and was until 2018 a member of the Exchange Council of EPEX Spot, the European electricity market operator.

  • Stephen Speed

    Director of the Nuclear Directorate

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    Stephen Speed is Director of the Nuclear Directorate (ND) at BEIS, and has responsibility for the Government’s major new nuclear programmes including: nuclear energy policy; Hinkley Point C and the forward pipeline of new nuclear projects; existing nuclear generation; advanced nuclear technology and AMRs; and the forward programme of managing the UK’s nuclear legacy and radioactive substances. Stephen is the Government’s senior responsible owner for the UK’s Geological Disposal Facility Programme.  The wider Directorate, which he co-directs with fellow Director Helen Shirley-Quirke also has responsibility for: waste safety; nuclear security and non-proliferation; emergency preparedness and resilience; cyber security; and facilitating a smooth exit from Euratom. His team works closely with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), the Office of Nuclear Regulation and the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CorWM) sponsorship.  Prior to this role, Stephen was head of upstream oil and gas in the Department for Energy and Climate Change where he led a reform of UK oil and gas stewardship and on the development of the UK’s shale measures.  In previous roles he led on UK Science policy and funding, telecoms policy and regulation and regional economic development in England.  He was Inspector General and Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service from 2007-2012. Stephen went to school at St Edward’ College, Liverpool and studied physics at the University of Sheffield.  He holds a MBA from Imperial College, London. Stephen was appointed Companion of the Bath (CB) in the UK New Year’s Honours list in 2017.

  • Dawn James

    Vice President, Nuclear Power


    Dawn is the VP for the Nuclear Power business in Jacobs, with responsibility for circa 800 engineers, scientists, consultants, safety case specialists and project managers supporting the civil nuclear sector and new nuclear developers and investors in UK, France, Poland and South Africa’s civil nuclear power and defence industries. Dawn is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear sector and has worked for Jacobs for 20 years. During this period, she has led businesses involved in both decommissioning and nuclear operations and completed a 3 year secondment into the Nuclear Management Partners PBO at Sellafield as the Engineering Director

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