BECBC Shadow Board Event - Global Reach Report

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Global Reach sets tone for nuclear industry’s commitment to net zero economy 

When BECBC's Global Reach was launched some caught the vision for the event immediately. Yet, others might have wondered what it was all about. By the end of the event, however, it was clear that Global Reach was more than an international business networking event. The event, held 6 Novemer 2019 at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Manchester Airport, sparked the much-needed conversation around the nuclear industry’s place in the clean-energy debate. It not on only set the tone of what was needed to help nuclear rightly take centre stage in achieving Britain’s net zero economy targets but has already taken first steps to help achieve this. 

Ruth Sellick, Chair of the BECBC Shadow Board welcomed guests and emphasised the need for stronger collaboration across borders as a way to create greater business growth across the industry and significantly contribute to the environmental energy solutions so urgently needed. 

With a provocative opening speech Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director for the Energy Impact Center, challenged the nuclear industry to leave old thinking behind and to realise the potential the nuclear industry has to provide a cost-effective, yet growth driven, net zero energy solutions and said: “If you want to actually solve climate change you just need to make carbon-negative fuels and products cheaper than carbon-positive fuels and products. However, to do so requires extreme energy abundance… nuclear can provide this.” 

Following on from this, attendees enjoyed a very interactive day with speeches from high-calibre guests across the nuclear industry, time for networking and several Q&A panel sessions. The event was designed to allow open conversation on the issues surrounding clean-energy as well as finding better ways to allow the younger generation of professionals within the industry to drive the necessary steps to implement much needed change. Guests were also introduced to business clusters in France and Spain and heard an update on the -clean-up activities and inherent challenges at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma, Japan. 

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and five other participating organisations signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to collaborate more closely to help deliver socio-economic growth across borders as well as make use of the inherent expertise in the UK to create more opportunities in the clean-energy supply chain. Other signatories in the document included Nuclear South West, Wales Nuclear Forum, Northern Nuclear Alliance, North West Nuclear Arc and the East of England Energy Group.

 “The first Global Reach event enabled BECBC to establish itself as a genuine Regional influencer within the UK and active as a leading body and a societal institution within the international community. For our members it was a real opportunity to look at diverse business opportunities and meet business representatives in other parts of Britain, France, Spain, and USA to name but a few. The signing of the Declaration of Intent with our British counterparts is the culmination of encouraging discussions which have led to genuine collaboration which in itself will present a strong cohesive voice to Government. “ John Grainger, Executive Director, BECBC.