Organized within the framework of World Expo 2020 in Dubai (UAE), Rosatom’s week-long themed event “Revolutionary Technologies for a Sustainable Future” ended on January 24.
The event – unprecedented in scale, saw Rosatom representatives take part in 18 sessions dedicated to the role of cutting-edge technologies in achieving a sustainable future and solving the most pressing challenges of our time. .
The week’s sessions brought together representatives from more than 100 companies from around the world, including leaders in the global energy industry and related fields; governments, departments and regulatory bodies; non-governmental and specialized organizations; academic and research institutions and youth associations.
Rosatom partners in the United Arab Emirates also participated; among them were Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), UAE Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority (FANR), DP World and many others.
Participants discussed important issues in the field of global sustainable development, including ways to achieve carbon neutrality and address climate challenges; the role of new nuclear technologies, including small modular reactors, in eliminating “energy” inequalities and solving economic and social problems; the importance of composite materials for the restructuring of traditional industries and the formation of new industries, training and education of personnel.
Other discussions focused on the possibility of using nuclear technologies to improve the quality and length of human life; IT sector development challenges and the role of IT solutions in strengthening various sectors of the global economy; approaches to communication and public relations in the nuclear industry and the role of the industry in the implementation of humanitarian projects.
A session dedicated to Rosatom projects in the Middle East and North Africa region aroused great interest among the participants. Representatives of Rosatom and its partners in Egypt and Turkey gave an update on the latest milestones of the construction sites of the nuclear power plants under construction in these two countries and discussed other regional nuclear industry projects supported by Rosatom.
Participants discussed decarbonization – an important aspect of sustainable development – during the session “Pathway to Net Zero: Challenges and Practical Steps”.
Commenting on the role of nuclear in achieving carbon neutrality, Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev stressed the importance of classifying nuclear energy as ‘green’: “We understand that despite all the advantages and opportunities offered by the ‘green agenda’, this ‘green agenda’ ‘status must first be officially confirmed. Today, “green” regulations are only developed in many countries and the harmonization of these requirements at international and regional level is important. Nuclear energy has been classified as “green” in Russia since last year.
Earlier this month, Rosatom also represented Russia at the United Nations Global Goals Week. On January 16, Rosatom’s Director of Sustainable Development, Polina Lion, participated in a Global Goals Week panel discussion dedicated to the achievement of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
The event also brought together representatives from the analysis agency KAPSARC (Saudi Arabia), the green energy company Fortescue Future Industries (Australia), the electricity supplier ICE (Costa Rica), the investment in clean energy technologies Dutco Cleantech (UAE) and Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Morocco).
Lion noted, “Today there is global consensus that it is impossible to achieve global climate goals without nuclear power. Like renewable energy sources, nuclear power has a zero carbon footprint. As part of its efforts to fulfill its carbon neutrality obligations, Russia plans to increase the share of nuclear in its energy mix from 20% to 25% by 2050.
Watched by more than 3,000 users worldwide, interactive 360° online tours of Russian nuclear power plants and the MSZ machinery manufacturing plant were also broadcast on social media platforms as part of the theme week from Rosatom.
The week’s events took place at the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020, also the site of Rosatom’s exhibition on the company’s main project areas, from nuclear power plants to nuclear medicine and the development of the Northern Sea Route. For those unable to attend in person, the week’s sessions were also accessible on social media with 17 live streams on Facebook and Youtube and a live stream of memorable quotes on Twitter reaching a total audience of 600,000. people.