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Nuclear energy to cut carbon contamination

Experts say at ATOMEXPO 2019

Nuclear energy is the only medium of reducing carbon contamination in order to tackle the greenhouse effect and therefore the developing countries must prioritise clean energy sources, experts said at ATOMEXPO 2019.

With the slogan 'Nuclear for Better life', the two-day international exposition organised by Russia's state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, kicked off in Sochi, Russia on April 15.

Over 3,600 guests and delegates from 74 countries including Bangladesh took part in the eleventh edition of the annual programme. 

During his inaugural speech, Alexy Likhachev, director general of Rosatom, stressed strengthening nuclear energy sectors across the globe to implement the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

“Peaceful atom is associated with all the aims and goals of the United Nations' sustainable development programme. The forum will become a space for discussing newest technologies that will lay the basis for the future of our planet.” Likhachev said.

Gerassimos Thomas, deputy director general (energy) at EU Commission, said, “Nuclear is essential to bridge the gap between the contribution of renewables and the EU's 2050 climate goals.”

“Europe will reduce greenhouse gases by 45 percent by 2030, and by 60 percent by 2050. We need to decarbonise, and that's where I think nuclear comes in. In all of the pathways we have examined, Europe, as a whole, requires nuclear to cover a significant part of its electricity needs,” Gersssimos said.

Rusatom Service JSC (the sectoral coordinating centre for Rosatom's nuclear infrastructure activities) organised a roundtable on the theme: 'Building Nuclear Infrastructure as a Key Component for the Sustainability of Nuclear Projects' on April 15.

During the event, representatives of Rosatom, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Nuclear Association as well as countries that are developing or planning to develop and improve nuclear power programmes shared their views on key issues for the development of nuclear infrastructure.

“Bangladesh is one of the new countries having the government policy for clean energy source by starting construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Although this is a densely populated area, it has the safest technology of Generation 3+ reactor,” Agenta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association, said while talking to journalists.

“Bangladesh can be a reference for other developing countries,” said Rising who is expected to visit Bangladesh soon.

Bangladesh delegation comprised officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, nuclear experts and journalists.

Qatar, Bahrain and Nicaragua for the first time took part in the world's biggest forum on nuclear energy.

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