Supporters of the ‘green’ scenario for the development of global energy are convinced that the energy of the sun, water and wind is sufficient to meet the demand for energy from the growing population of the planet. However, how realistic are these forecasts, and is traditional energy capable of presenting ways to achieve a carbon-free future? These questions will be answered by Thomas Blees, member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee. In his opinion, it is nuclear energy that will make it possible to achieve a carbon-free future and will become the ‘clean’ solution for existing energy problems. The expert will tell about the possibilities of nuclear energy and the current status of the global energy system in the context of climate challenges on February 12 at his lecture ‘Climate change and global development’. It will be the first lecture to be held within the International Sochi Energy Readings. The event is organized by the Global Energy Association, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Sirius University of Science and Technology with the support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Roscongress Foundation.