The International Public Dialogue Forum and Exhibition AtomEco 2019 will be held in Hungary, Pécs, on November 6-7.
The Forum is held by ROSATOM in cooperation with the Government of Hungary. The Forum participants will discuss capabilities of nuclear power to achieve goals of sustainable development in the field of ensuring affordable and environment-free energy, combating the climate change and sustainable socioeconomic development of regions. The Forum Program includes a plenary meeting and feature tracks on safety of nuclear power (in the broadest sense of the word), new nuclear power technologies, economy development of nuclear-host regions, facilitating the dialogue and awareness of stakeholders about environmental safety aspects of nuclear power.
Key topics for discussion:
• Nuclear industry technologies for sustainable development of humanity;
• Society on the path to low-carbon energy: knowledge, relevance, technologies;
• Safety at all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle;
• New nuclear technologies – discoveries that change lives
• Russian new generation NPPs: key safety aspects, operating experience, technological groundwork;
• Nuclear energy and society – dialogue on a new level;
• Nuclear facilities areas economic development based on the multiplicative effect.
The Forum will bring together more than 300 delegates from countries developing nuclear energy industry. Representatives of the following groups and agencies are invited to participate: public authorities, international organizations (IAEA, OECD NEA, WNA), local and regional authorities of the territories where nuclear enterprises are located, nuclear industry enterprises, stakeholders from public and environmental organizations); environmental organizations, academia and experts and mass media.
Working languages of the Forum are English, Russian, and Hungarian. Technical tours are planned for participants to Paks NPP and RAW final isolation facility in Bátaapáti.
With increasing energy consumption and global climate change, the role of low-carbon energy is hard to overestimate. Clean energy is one of the goals that make up the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The advantages of nuclear energy can and should be used to achieve this goal.
Nuclear energy is devoid of greenhouse gas emissions and does not burn oxygen in the process of electricity generation, unlike fossil fuels. The regions of nuclear facilities location are growing into development centers of science, education, medicine, culture, and art. Nuclear power plants’ reliability and their high safety level are ensured by modern technologies, highly qualified personnel and their safety culture, compliance with the stringent IAEA safety standards at all stages of the life cycle—from the construction to decommissioning. Today, many countries are changing their attitude towards nuclear generation and launching national plans for adopting or further developing nuclear energy.
The Forum has been organized in Russia by the Public Council of ROSATOM for 12 years and has become a major platform for the nuclear industry specialists, government agencies, experts, environmental specialists, and public representatives to discuss the issues and exchange best practices concerning safe development of nuclear power technologies.
In 2019, the Public Forum-Dialogue and Exhibition “AtomEco-2019” will be held abroad— in Hungary—for the first time. And there were good reasons for choosing the venue. The cooperation between Russia and Hungary in the atomic project implementation goes back decades. The Paks NPP, which was built according to a Soviet project, produces more than 40% of electricity in Hungary. In 2014, Russia and Hungary signed an agreement on the construction of two new power units. And earlier this year, the building of a construction base at the Paks-2 NPP site was launched. Russian and Hungarian NPPs’ sites have gained a lot of successful experience in the field of economy, culture, and education.