The Royal Academy of Engineering, in association with the Nordic Chambers of Commerce, is holding an international one day conference and dinner to explore the successful experience of the Nordic countries in producing “green energy” from reliable and sustainable sources, including nuclear. Leading UK and Nordic politicians and business leaders will speak at the event to be held in London on Friday 8 September 2006 at the Royal Society followed by dinner at Banqueting House, Whitehall.

The conference will also consider the expertise gained in the UK and Europe with carbon emissions trading and the financing of energy projects. Speakers include the UK Minister for Energy, Malcolm Wicks MP, Paavo Lipponen, the former Prime Minister of Finland, Professor Sir David King, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Baroness Perry of Southwark, Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s study into energy efficiency. Lord Browne of Madingley, Group Chief Executive of BP plc and President of The Royal Academy of Engineering will make the concluding remarks.

Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering, remarks on the event, “Professional engineers are involved in every aspect of the current debate on energy. Their skills can maximise efficiency in our electricity generation, transmission and consumption thereby extending the lifetime of our natural resources. The Academy has been active in contributing to the energy debate by commissioning a report comparing the costs of generating electricity using different technologies and in running a series of seminars on such issues as energy demand, sources and security of supply. Our national need is for diverse sources of supply - coal, oil, gas, nuclear or renewable sources – used efficiently with minimal emissions to the environment. Engineers are uniquely placed to provide solutions to this challenge but it cannot be achieved by the UK in isolation.”

Alderman & Sheriff John Stuttard, Chairman of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, which initiated the conference, comments, ”Given the need to address climate change and with the supply of North Sea oil peaking, the UK has to find other sources of energy. The Nordic countries, after considerable thought and research, have developed some innovative solutions, including the latest nuclear technologies with improved environmental attributes. We have much to learn from them and this conference provides the ideal opportunity.”

Paavo Lipponen, Finland’s former Prime Minister remarks, “The Western World, humanity as a whole, is at crossroads. Decisions to secure the supply of energy at affordable prices and in an environmentally sustainable way must be made now.”

James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, who is the guest speaker for at the conference dinner at Banqueting House comments, “On tackling climate change, the solutions are within our grasp. What we have to do is to muster the common will to put those solutions in place.”

The event sponsors for the conference are Shell, Stora Enso, DnB NOR and Fortum. The dinner is sponsored by UPM Kymmene.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. The fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for its activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, it provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

    The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce exists to promote trade, investment and business understanding between Finland and the UK. Supported by contributions from some 500 members, the F-BCC works with the other Nordic Chambers of Commerce to organise conferences and seminars on subjects where there is mutual interest. In recent years these have included “Shipping in the Baltic and London as a Maritime Centre”, “Financial Crime” and “Corporate Governance”.

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