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Role of Nuclear in a Carbon-Free Future

Event by: Nuclear New York
1 hour

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM EDT

United States


Wind and solar energy have shown tremendous progress over the last decades:

Costs have come down, and deployment is growing exponentially.

Is this all we need to fully decarbonize electricity, heating, transportation, and industrial processes?

Will this provide enough energy to support high living standards for all people on our planet and without causing excessive harm to the environment?

We will review properties of different zero-carbon energy sources and look at system costs and environmental impacts when disallowing the pairing of zero-carbon sources with polluting power.

How are cost calculations and environmental impacts shifting once we achieve or get close to zero-carbon emissions in all sectors?

What will be certain roles for intermittent power and what will be likely roles for nuclear energy?

Following two 15 min presentations by our speakers we will open up to a discussion.

Isuru Seneviratne is a rigorous energy and climate professional with two decades’ experience in investment diligence, policy advocacy, and sustainable business development. Isuru founded Radiant Value Management in 2015 to pursue undervalued opportunities spanning energy resources, storage, cleantech, and electric mobility. In 2013 he co-founded ART Logistics, an innovative transportation business servicing blue-chip clients in Sri Lanka. Isuru is an advocate for durable and comprehensive climate policies and for reliable and affordable energy choices. He is pursuing graduate studies in sustainability at Harvard Extension School and has the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) accreditation from Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).


Eric Dawson is a writer & nuclear energy advocate in New York City. His professional experience with web design & his interest in using innovative technology to address environmental issues led him to invest in venture capital funds focused on resource efficiency. In addition, he has become involved in local, grassroots groups in New York City focused on finding bipartisan solutions to various social problems.